President Trump's push to deport "bad hombres" is working, according to a new report from immigration authorities revealing that 41,318 illegals were arrested in the administration's first 100 days.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that those arrests reflect an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016.
Nearly 75 percent of those arrested for deportation were criminals, said ICE.
The arrests occurred between Jan. 22 and April 29, 2017, by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations deportation officers.
ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement:
"These statistics reflect President Trump's commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board. ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens. However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law. As the data demonstrates, ICE continues to execute our mission professionally and in accordance with the law, and our communities will be much safer for it."
According to ICE:
— Nearly 75 percent of those arrested during this period in 2017 are convicted criminals, with offenses ranging from homicide and assault to sexual abuse and drug-related charges.
— The arrest of aliens at-large in the community increased by more than 50 percent, from 8,381 last year to 12,766 arrests this year during the same period.
— The arrest of convicted criminal aliens climbed nearly 20 percent, from 25,786 last year to 30,473 this year.
— Violent crimes such as homicide, rape, kidnapping and assault accounted for more than 2,700 convictions.
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