ICE announced the number of arrests that coincided with Trump's first 100 days and noted they are following one of his first executive orders dealing with enforcement of immigration laws. In that 100-day period, ICE officers arrested 41,318 undocumented immigrants.
Overall, 41,300 people were arrested for deportation, a 38 percent increase from a comparable period a year ago. - US immigration arrests increased almost 40 percent in early 2017 as newly emboldened agents under President Donald Trump detained more than 40,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally - with a renewed focus on immigrants without criminal convictions. That's more than an 150 percent increase. ICE said criminal convictions remain a priority and that those made up 75 percent of the arrests.
"These statistics reflect President Trump's commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board", said acting ICE Director Thomas Homan in a statement.
"Their job is to enforce the law, and that is exactly what they're doing, he said". "ICE's celebratory announcement that it arrested more people than a year ago misrepresents the true workings of Trump's deportation force", Chris Rickerd, a policy counsel at the ACLU told NBC News. Records of immigration arrests are not available to the public in contrast to those of criminal arrests.
The report does not detail how many minors have been arrested or how many parents have been taken away from their children.
Patel was detained May 11 because he did not have the necessary immigration documents when he arrived on a flight from Quito, Ecuador, ICE said.
With the recent uptick in arrests by ICE in the borough and across the nation as well as the threats against sanctuary cities by President Donald Trump's administration, a rise in hate crimes and an anti-immigrant fervor that has left Queens' diverse population feeling uneasy, it isn't surprising that USCIS' visit to PS 58 might set off alarm bells.
"House Republicans are embracing that agenda by moving forward legislation that doubles down on Trump's promises to arrest, jail, and banish immigrant families", said Kamal Essaheb, policy and advocacy director of the National Immigration Law Center's Immigrant Justice Fund.
Patel and Jimenez are among more than 170 people who have died in US immigration detention centers since 2003, according to the Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement.