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Voice of San Diego
November 6, 2017

Immigration Arrests Are Up, But Actual Deportations Are Down
By Maya Srikrishnan

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has apprehended fewer people trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which suggests fewer people are trying to cross the border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are also arresting more people: Between Jan. 22 and Sept. 2, the agency arrested 97,482 people, up from 68,256 arrests in the same period the previous year. Yet new data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research center at Syracuse University, shows a decline in “notices to appear,” charging documents signaling the initiation of removal proceedings. Deportations are also down. ICE data from October shows the agency has deported roughly 211,068 people so far in 2017. ICE removed 240,255 people during the government’s 2016 fiscal year.

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