Undocumented arrests and deportations decreased during the Joe Biden administration, although the rate of arrests and expulsions of criminal foreigners increasedThe United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) reported this Friday.
“In fiscal year 2021, ICE officers and special agents effectively carried out their mission of national security, public safety and border protection despite having to work in the devastating COVID pandemic,” said the director of the agency, Tae Johnson.
ICE’s annual report indicates that between October 2020 and September 2021, the agency arrested 74,082 undocumented immigrants compared to 103,603 in the 2020 fiscal period and 143,099 in 2019.
In fiscal year 2021, the Government deported 59,011 undocumented immigrants compared to 185,884 in fiscal year 2020 and 267,258 in the previous year.
In its report, ICE emphasized that its management has been tougher in arresting and deporting criminals since Biden entered the White House in January 2021, compared not only to the Trump administration ( 2017-2021) but also with that of Barack Obama (2009-2017).
The report indicated that between February and September 2021, already with Biden in the White House, the agency achieved a higher rate of arrests of potentially deportable criminalsor than the monthly average in the four years of the Trump administration.
He noted that during that period, The United States arrested a monthly average of 1,034 foreigners convicted of serious crimeswhich represents an increase of 53% over the monthly average during the last year of the Obama Administration and an increase of 51% over the monthly average of the four years of the Trump Administration.
During those eight months of 2021, immigration authorities deported a monthly average of 827 foreigners who had committed serious crimes, “the highest level recorded and with the greatest impact on public safety since ICE began collecting detailed crime data “.
46% of deportations between February and September of last year were related to serious crimes compared to 17% in the last year of the Obama Administration and 18% during the Trump Administration.