Our federal government’s law enforcement has had a dramatic shift in focus with President Donald Trump taking the oath of office in January 2017.
Trump’s no-nonsense plan to make America great again included a massive refocusing of resources on illegal immigration. Not only did Trump and his team’s attitude regarding the situation help to deter some of the more casual border hoppers from making the trip, federal agents have been tasked with increasing their diligence as it pertains to the threats posed by these immigrants,
As it turns out, this new focus has made an enormous impact on the total workload of the federal law enforcement agencies, with more than half of all arrests now involving foreigners.
“Pew cited a report released last month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to show that immigration offenses accounted for fully half of federal arrests in 2014, up from only 28% a decade earlier. Consequently, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), now makes more arrests than the FBI, DEA, BATFE, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and all other branches of the Justice Department combined.
“Driven by this massive increase in immigration arrests, a staggering 61% of federal arrests are now of non-U.S. citizens. These arrests, mostly for immigration offenses, but including thousands for other crimes, do not include the hundreds of thousands of non-criminal apprehensions of illegal aliens each year.
“Illegal aliens made up an equally shocking 37% of all criminal defendants in federal district courts in 2014.
“Most illegal aliens arrested for immigration offenses are referred to administrative hearings before immigration courts. The increase in this type of arrests has placed tremendous strain on that system. The resulting backlog raises concerns of a ‘virtual amnesty’ from the inability to process these cases.”
Now, if we could only extrapolate this data to include the thousands of illegal immigrants who have been deterred by the mere attitude of President Trump, then we would find an even more shocking piece of evidence pointing to the Commander in Chief’s success.