According to ICE’s Fiscal Year 2018 Report ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations made 158,581 administrative arrests in fiscal year 2018. This represents an increase over the two previous years and the highest number since FY 2014. ICE made 15,111 more arrests in FY 2018 than in FY 2017 which is a 11% increase. ICE had made 30% more arrests in FY 2017 than FY 2016.
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations identifies, arrests, and removes aliens who
present a danger to national security or a threat to public safety,or who otherwise undermine border control and the integrity of the U.S. immigration system. ERO is responsible for enforcement within the U.S. by protecting national security, public safety and enforcing the law. It’s focus includes removable aliens who;
- Have been convicted of any criminal offense.
- Have been charged with any criminal offense that has not been resolved.
- Have committed acts which constitute a chargeable criminal offense.
- Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official
matter before a governmental agency.
- Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits.
- Are subject to a final order of removal but have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States.
- In the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or
The largest percentage of aliens arrested by ICE are convicted criminals (66 percent), followed by immigration violators with pending criminal charges at the time of their arrest (21 percent). In FY 2018, ERO arrested 138,117 aliens with criminal histories
(convicted criminal and pending criminal charges) for an increase of 10,125 aliens over FY 2017. This continued the growth seen in FY 2017 when ERO arrested 26,974 more aliens with criminal histories than in FY 2016 for a 27 percent gain. While the arrests of convicted criminals remained relatively level from FY 2017 to FY 2018 at 105,736 and 105,140 respectively, administrative arrests with pending criminal charges increased by 48 percent. This continues the upward trend seen in FY 2017, where arrests with
pending charges increased by 255 percent over FY 2016.
The percentage of administrative arrests of other immigration violators increased from FY 2017 (11 percent) to FY 2018 (13 percent). Of this population of immigration violators arrested in FY 2018, 57% were processed with a notice to appear while 23% were ICE
fugitives or had been previously removed, illegally re-entered the country (a federal felony under 8 U.S.C § 1326) and served an order of reinstatement. Both the number of fugitive and illegal reentry arrests continued a three-year trend by increasing 19% and 9% respectively, in FY 2018.
The largest number of arrests were aliens from the following countries;
The follow graph shows the number of removals of suspected gang members and suspected terrorists.
The report concludes that ICE ERO’s FY 2018 statistics demonstrate the agency’s strengthened enforcement in the U.S. and show significant success in identifying, arresting, and removing aliens who are in violation of U.S. law, particularly those who pose a public safety or national security threat. In FY 2018, ICE ERO conducted 158,581 overall administrative arrests, 15,111 more than in FY 2017, while it conducted 256,085 removals – the highest level since FY 2014, resulting in a more than 10% increase in overall arrests and removals. Nine of ten ERO administrative arrests had either a criminal conviction(s), pending charge(s), were an ICE fugitive, or illegally reentered the country after previously being removed.
The entire report and statistics of ICE’s performance in FY 2018 is impressive. I suggest you read the report Fiscal Year 2018 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report.
This information demonstrates that the men and women of ICE are working hard to ensure the safety and security of the United States. These officers deserve our support and gratitude as they enforce federal immigration law.
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