Despite California’s efforts to protect illegal aliens from arrest and deportation through a statewide “sanctuary city” law, the San Diego region is leading the nation with increased immigration enforcement.
A new report by the Los Angeles Times reveals how at the end of 2017, from October through December, San Diego had the most arrests of illegal aliens whose only crime was crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
In the last three months of 2017, San Diego’s regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested and detained more than 1,600 illegal aliens with no other criminal history than crossing the border. ICE San Diego also arrested and detained nearly 640 illegal aliens with a criminal history in that same time period.
According to the LA Times, more than 70 percent of ICE San Diego’s arrests in the last three months of 2017 were of illegal aliens with no criminal background besides being in the country illegally. This is a stark contrast to the era of lax immigration enforcement under former President Obama when illegal aliens with criminal histories were sought after and prioritized.
Likewise, the Atlanta region amped up its enforcement against illegal aliens with no criminal history besides being in the country illegally. At the end of 2017, nearly 1,600 illegal aliens with no criminal background were arrested and detained, making up about 41 percent of all arrests in that time period. Overall, 2,343 illegal aliens were arrested and detained.
President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and ICE Director Thomas Homan have repeatedly said that the days of weak interior enforcement of immigration are over, noting that all illegal aliens — no matter if they have committed a violent crime or not — are eligible for deportation, as federal law states.