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Arrests inside illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are expected to have fallen sharply in fiscal 2021 to around 70,000 administrative arrests, coinciding with new restrictive rules imposed on officers by the Biden administration.

ICE’s data for FY2021 has yet to be finalized, but it is on track to show around 70,000 administrative arrests by ICE’s Enforcement and Suppression (ERO) operations when they are released. eventually published, Fox News has learned.

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This is down from 103,603 arrests in FY2020, which in turn were down from 143,099 in FY19 and 158,581 in FY2018. Fiscal 2021 data was first reported by the Washington Post, which reported the data to be the lowest level in more than a decade.

While fiscal 2021 includes the final months of the Trump administration, it also included the start of the Biden administration – which issued guidelines for ICE agents in February that dramatically reduced the scope of priorities for the administration. ‘application.

The guidelines, reissued in a larger memo in September, which will take effect in November, limit ICE agents to arresting three categories of illegal immigrants – recent border franchisees, threats to the national security and aggravated criminals. Arrests outside these categories required the approval of a superior.

October 8, 2021: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attends a conference as part of the High Level Security Dialogue at the SRE building in Mexico City, Mexico. (Hector Vivas / Getty Images)
(Hector Vivas / Getty Images)

The September guidelines also state: “The fact that an individual is a revocable non-citizen should therefore not in itself be the basis for coercive action against him.”

“For the first time, our guidelines, in the pursuit of public safety, will require an assessment of the individual and take into account all the facts and circumstances,” Mayorkas said in a statement announcing the note. The administration also ended the raids on construction sites and the presence of the ICE in front of the courtrooms.

Preliminary ICE data obtained by Fox shows that between February 18 and September 21, ICE arrested 34,176 illegal immigrants and returned 24,324.

Figures show 22,302 were arrested in June, July and August, up from 18,797 last year – an increase attributed in part to its assistance to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with the influx of migrants to the southern border, where more than 600 ICE officers have been assigned to the border.

Meanwhile, between February 18 and August 31, the ICE arrested 6,046 aggravated felony convictions, up from 3,575 during the same period in 2020.

Figures from the ICE also show that in June, July and August 2021, the ICE made 363 general arrests of sex offenders, up from 194 during the same period in 2020, of which nearly 80% involved sexual offenders. child victims.

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Asked for comment, an ICE spokesperson said the agencyis in the process of finalizing our year-end financial figures and these figures will be shared publicly once the review is complete. “

“Data integrity is of the utmost importance to the agency and ICE’s audited statistics strongly demonstrate the effectiveness of our current approach of prioritizing national security, border security and public safety, ”they said.

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The administration said the new guidelines allowed the agency to focus its limited resources on more pressing concerns such as apprehending threats to national security. But Republicans accused the administration of ignoring its responsibility under federal law.

Representatives Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, and Representative James Comer, R-Ky said in a letter to Mayorkas that the guidelines were “an affront to the rule of law and demonstrate the Biden administration’s intention to abuse prosecutorial discretion in order to avoid enforcing this country’s immigration laws. “

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Meanwhile, Democrats are moving forward with an effort to include amnesty or legal protections for millions of illegal immigrants already in the country in the Senate reconciliation bill.

After efforts to grant citizenship access to more than 11 million illegal immigrants were shot by the parliamentarian, Democrats presented a plan to grant eight million illegal immigrants parole status.


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