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April 20, 2018

New Data Shows How Trump is Targeting Immigrants Who Have Been Here for Years
By Olivia Exstrum


Itís been widely reported that, emboldened by Trumpís hardline stance on the topic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are increasingly broadening the scope of their deportation operations. Data released Thursday confirms that ICE is no longer as focused on picking up people who have just crossed the border and instead is more frequently rounding up immigrants who have lived in the United States problem-free for years. The new data, published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research center, shows that a staggering 43 percent of new cases brought by the Department of Homeland Security to immigration court last month involved people who had lived in the US for two or more years, compared to only 6 percent in December 2016 at the tail end of the Obama presidency. Whatís more, a whopping 72 percent of December 2016 cases involved recent arrivals, while only 10 percent of March 2018 cases did.


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