Out of 675 immigrants arrested by ICE in early February,163 immigrants were found to have traffic offenses while 177 had no criminal convictions at all.
Out of 675 immigrants arrested by ICE in early February,163 immigrants were found to have traffic offenses while 177 had no criminal convictions at all.

About half of the immigrants arrested in early government raids under the Trump administration had either no criminal convictions or had committed minor traffic offenses, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data obtained by The Washington Post.
According to the Post, out of 675 immigrants arrested by ICE in early February, in the days after President Trump took office, 163 immigrants were found to have traffic offenses while 177 had no criminal convictions at all.
However, 80 immigrants were convicted of assault and 57 were convicted for “dangerous drugs,” while two people were also convicted of homicide, according to the report.
According to the numbers provided to the Post by congressional aides, the majority of immigrants with traffic violations were convicted of drunk driving. Of the 177 immigrants with no criminal record, 66 had pending charges that were mostly alcohol related.
This administration has maintained that tougher immigration policies are necessary in order to eliminate criminal activity it has linked to illegal immigration.
The president’s critics, however, have maintained that tougher immigration policies are counterproductive to stopping crime and mostly impact communities that are not involved in criminal activity.
The raids were a part of a larger Operation Cross Check, a nationwide effort of the Trump administration to deport thousands of illegal immigrants.
The Washington Post report mentioned Trump having said that public safety threats are his top priority. Shortly after he was elected, he vowed to first deport serious criminals from the United States.
But critics say immigration agents instead have also targeted students, parents of U.S. citizens who do not have serious criminal records and minor offenders.

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