Monday, April 17, 2017
The Trump administration's "no-holds-barred" approach to undocumented immigrants appears to be having an impact. Maria Sacchetti of the Washington Post reports that "Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration, with newly empowered federal agents intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding."
Trump's January 25 interior enforcement immigration executive order indicated a focus on criminals in removal efforts but also showed a zero tolerance approach to all undocumented immigrants. In that vein, the order provides that " Interior enforcement of our Nation's immigration laws is critically important to the national security and public safety of the United States. Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety. This is particularly so for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States."