Illegal immigrant arrests increase in Wyoming

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Illegal immigrants living in Wyoming and Colorado are being arrested and deported at a rising rate.

Since President Trump took office at the beginning of the year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 2,535 and arrested 2,746 illegal immigrants in Wyoming and Colorado. That’s about 20-percent more than in 2016, according to statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

You can see those stats at this link.

Before and after moving into the office, President Trump said one of his goals was to crack down on illegal immigration in the country. Trump says the increase will help protect national security and uphold the rule of law. Nationwide, since January, ICE has made 143,470 arrests, an increase of 25 percent; with deportations totaling 226,119.

“The president made it clear in his executive orders: There’s no population off the table,” Thomas Homan, ICE’s acting director, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday. “If you’re in this country illegally, we’re looking for you and we’re going to look to apprehend you.”

The numbers provide the most complete statistical snapshot of immigration enforcement under Trump. And they show that deportation officers are taking his call for an immigration crackdown to heart, even without the funding increase that the president has sought from Congress for more hiring.

“These results are proof of what the men and women of ICE can accomplish when they are empowered to fulfill their mission,” said Thomas Homan, ICE Deputy Director. “We need to maintain this momentum by matching the dedication and drive of our personnel with the resources they need to perform at even higher levels. We need to confront and address misguided policies and loopholes that only serve as a pull factor for illegal immigration. We must continue to target violent gangs like MS-13, and prevent them from rebuilding what we have begun to dismantle. Finally, we need to find a solution to the dangerous sanctuary city policies and the politicians who needlessly risk innocent lives to protect criminals who are illegally present in the United States.”

The executive orders also prioritized efforts to dismantle transnational gangs, with a specific focus on MS-13, one of the most violent gangs in the United States. In FY2017, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates, compared to 434 in FY2016 – an 83 percent increase. Overall, HSI made 4,818 criminal arrests related to gang activity and 892 administrative arrests as a result of gang investigations. Additionally, ERO administratively arrested 5,225 gang members and associates.

Overall in FY17, HSI conducted 32,958 total criminal arrests and seized $524 million in illicit currency and assets over the course of investigations into human smuggling and trafficking, cybercrime, transnational gang activity, narcotics enforcement, human smuggling and other types of cross-border criminal activity.