The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has made over 21,000 arrests in the first weeks of the Trump presidency, rising by almost a third compared with the same period a year ago, according to The Daily Caller.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that ICE agents have arrested 21,362 illegal immigrants between January 20 and March 13, a 32.6% jump from the same period a year earlier, when the figure stood at more than 16,000 arrests, and about 18% increase from the same period in 2015.
The report showed that majority of those who were arrested were convicted criminals, but there were also 5,441 aliens arrested who are non-criminals, more than twice number in the previous year.
In 2014, the Department of Homeland Security unveiled a set of priorities aimed to deport illegal immigrants particularly those convicted of serious crimes. Upon assuming office, one of President Donald Trump’s first actions was to change those priorities to include virtually all illegal immigrants in the U.S. for deportation.