The announcement adds the 188 arrests U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made in the Los Angeles area over the last week to a running total of over 30,000 criminal aliens taken into custody in the 100 days since President Trump’s flurry of immigration executive orders came into effect. According to ICE, 169 of those caught in this latest operation had previous criminal convictions, only three of which were immigration related.
ICE itself touted its totals last week, claiming its Enforcement and Removal Operations division has made over 40,000 administrative arrests for immigration violations during the 100 day period, over 30,000 of whom were already convicted of other crimes. The numbers, according to ICE, represent a 20% increase over the same period last year.
The administration is characterizing these numbers as “fulfill[ing] the President’s promise to keep our communities safe.” The White House supported this claim with examples of those seized in ICE operations this year, including hardened repeat offenders from gangs like MS-13 caught in last month;s Operation Community Shield against gang members that yielded 1,378 arrests. Notably, ICE confirmed that some of those gang members caught in the round-up had been allowed to remain in the United States under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order.