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Current administration focusing on immigration law

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, there was an estimated 40 percent increase in immigration arrests during the current presidential administration's first 100 days. The acting director of ICE said that the higher numbers, which undoubtedly affect immigrants and their families in New York, are due to a White House directive to reverse a 2014 policy that prioritized for arrest particular criminal aliens as well as those who recently crossed the U.S. border. The ICE director claimed that the higher numbers demonstrate the current administration's commitment to enforcing the nation's immigration law.

A total of more than 41,000 arrests were made during the first 100 days of the current administration. This is a spike of over 10,000 compared with this time period last year. However, back in 2014 before the policy was put into place to prioritize certain aliens and border crossers, the number of arrests was actually more than 54,000.

Why the number of arrests has decreased since 2014 remains a question. According to ICE data, it may be due to the expanding movement to create sanctuary cities. Sanctuary policies remain prevalent in several regions, including the area that the ICE New York field office oversees.

Sanctuary city policies shield immigrants who lack the proper paperwork from federal immigration authorities. In New York City, local authorities, for example, do not question residents about their immigration statuses, and they do not utilize the jail system to funnel an arrested person into a deportation proceeding. With such policies in place, and with the help of a savvy immigration law attorney, those who are interested in attaining U.S. citizenship can put themselves in the best position to achieve their goals while ensuring that their best interests are protected.

Source: slate.com, "Where Trump's immigration crackdown is failing", George Joseph, June 20, 2017

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