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Tampa Bay Times
July 26, 2019

Despite Trumpís claims, ICE is arresting way more immigrants without criminal records ó especially in Florida
By Ben Leonard and Steve Contorno

During President Barack Obamaís second term, people with minor offenses or immigration violations, like those ordered for deportation, were a lower priority. In Obamaís final full fiscal year in office, about 85 percent of those arrested had criminal convictions. In Trumpís first year, that number dropped to 66 percent. Immigration attorneys said the strategy under Trump means there are fewer resources to go after people who pose discernible public safety risks. Indeed, the number of criminals with the most serious offenses in detention facilities dropped by 20 percent under Trump, according to a recent analysis of immigration data by Syracuse University. Advocates are quick to point out that Obama deported more people than any previous president.

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