Here’s an intriguing number for you – 21,362.

That is the number of illegal immigrants that have been arrested during President Trump’s first seven weeks in office, a surge from the previous year by nearly 33%.

Records from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicate over 5,000 more illegal immigrants have been arrested than had been during the same time frame in 2016.

 

Via the Daily Caller:

There were roughly a third more immigration arrests in the first two months of Donald Trump’s presidency compared to the same time period last year.

The Washington Post obtained arrest records from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) between Jan. 20 and March 13, which showed that 21,362 illegal immigrants were arrested, compared to 16,104 arrests in the same time period last year.

President Trump ran on a platform advocating tough immigration enforcement, and in the early days of his time in office signed an executive order that removed restrictions placed on immigration officials by President Barack Obama’s administration. It said that ICE no longer had to prioritize the arrest of criminal illegal immigrants.

In addition to those with criminal records, arrests for illegal immigrants with no prior history (aside from the fact they’ve broken immigration laws obviously) have more than doubled during that time.

In January, President Trump announced a series of executive orders providing the Department of Homeland Security “with additional resources, tools and personnel to carry out the critical work of securing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws, and ensuring that individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety cannot enter or remain in our country.”

Those orders appear to be in full effect, as enforcement of our immigration laws is something the American people are beginning to witness.

Dan Satterberg, the lead prosecutor in Washington state’s King County, told the Washington Post, “My sense is that ICE is emboldened in a way that I have never seen.”

It doesn’t appear that President Trump plans to pull back any time soon either, having just appointed two individuals with strong convictions on illegal immigration to high-level positions at the Department of Homeland Security.

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