WASHINGTON, D.C.– Illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. border are at a 45-year-low, according to a report published Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The report, published by NBC News (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/ice-deportation-arrests-soar-under-trump-administration-drop-border-arrests-n826596), shows that deportation of those who were captured illegally crossing the border into the U.S. are approaching record numbers.
This president, like him or love him, is doing the right thing,” ICE temporary director Tom Homan said Tuesday during a press conference in Washington, D.C. (https://www.dhs.gov/live). “Overall removals are down because the border is under better control than it has been in 45 years,”
“A 45-year low in border crossings? That’s not a coincidence,” Homan added. “That’s based on this president and his belief and letting the men and women of ICE and the Border Patrol do their job.”
According to the ICE report, U.S. border agents made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal year of 2017, which ended Sept. 30, the fewest number on record since 1971. Further, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement deported 67,859 “criminal aliens” during fiscal 2017, a 12.5 percent increase from the numbers reported in 2016.
Arrests by deportation officers have also skyrocketed under the Trump administration, with ICE officers making 143,470 arrests, compared to 114,434 in 2016.
Trump campaigned heavily on the topic of border security during the 2016 presidential campaign, a matter that he said was of utmost importance.
Despite the successful crackdown on illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. unlawfully, Trump officials say his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is still very much needed.
“We’re still arresting nearly 1,000 people a day coming across the border, Ronald Vitiello, CBP acting deputy commissioner said of the matter. “We want that barrier to have a safer and more secure environment.”