REPORT: Federal report reveals arrest numbers of illegal immigrants in past 20 years

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A new federal report shows that arrests of non-U.S. citizens have more than tripled over the last two decades, mostly driven by increases in immigration enforcement.

The report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) shows that 64 percent of all federal arrests last year were of non-U.S. citizens, up from 37 percent in 1998.

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Federal arrests of foreign nationals more than tripled in that period, up 234 percent, while arrests of U.S. citizens were up 10 percent.But the report’s findings show those increases are attributable mostly to enhanced immigration enforcement in the later years of President George W. Bush’s administration, throughout the Obama administration and in 2018 under President Trump.

Among its key findings, the report reads, “In 2018, 85% of federal arrests of non-U.S. citizens were for immigration offenses, and another 5% of arrests were immigration-related.”

“The Trump administration is determined to enforce immigration laws more thoroughly, which means more prosecutions and arrests of non-citizens for committing immigration offenses,” said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration researcher at the Cato Institute.

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