Arrests of illegal immigrants by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have jumped 38 percent in the 100 days since President Trump signed his controversial immigration enforcement executive orders, ICE said Wednesday.
ICE arrested more than 41,000 illegal immigrants between late January and the end of April, ICE said. During roughly the same period last year, ICE deportation officers arrested about 30,000 people.
Acting ICE director Thomas Homan said in a statement that the arrests are the result of Trump's "commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board."
ICE also revealed that arrests of noncriminals more than doubled during the same period ― from roughly 4,200 in 2016 to more than 10,800 in 2017, according to ICE.
Homan noted that though criminal immigrants are a priority for ICE, no one will be exempt from any type of removal proceeding if found to be in the country illegally.
"All of those arrested will receive the due process afforded to them under the law," he said. "ICE will take action to remove individuals subject to a final order by a federal immigration judge."