In the three months he has been in office, ICE apprehended 41,318 immigrants, up 37.6 percent over the same period a year ago, according to new figures the agency released on Wednesday.
Chen said immigration enforcement is a "burden on taxpayers", costing "billions of dollars for more agents and detention", suggesting that enforcing federal immigration law is "is not what America stands for and it's not what Americans want..."
The rapid increase in arrests was primarily the result of one of Trump's first significant immigration moves, rescinding rules laid down by former President Barack Obama that prioritized the arrest of the most serious criminals and largely left other unauthorized immigrants alone.
In this image provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Ingmar Guandique, a documented MS-13 gang member, is escorted by ICE agents Friday, May 5, 2017, in Alexandria, La.
While President Barack Obama was also criticized for deporting a large number of immigrants, a lot of them were recent border crossers apprehended entering the country illegally.
Trump supporters are seeing the statistic as an accomplishment.
While other states have not yet issued similar guidance, Healey said she has been in contact with other attorneys general on Trump's immigration policies and the impact they are having on state residents. Trump's opponents say he is destroying families.
It's not clear why or how ICE picked up the other 10,000 immigrants, who had no criminal record but got arrested by immigration agents anyway. This reflects an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016. The criminal convictions range from using a false Social Security card, to rape or murder.
The AG's Office issued the guidance following inquiries from health care providers and public school officials about the impact of federal immigration policies and executive orders on patients and students. In reality, even most sanctuary cities will turn over illegal immigrants when the feds provide a warrant or in cases when they've committed violent crimes or felonies.
"The rights of immigrants in the United States, including the parents of U.S. citizens, are under greater threat than ever, especially people held in the immigration detention system", said Clara Long, researcher in the USA program at Human Rights Watch. She plans to take her youngest daughter, aged two, with her and leave her 10-year-old-son and eight-year-old daughter with her husband, who has permanent USA residency.
Lee Wicker of the N.C. Growers Association said he hasn't seen signs of a new crackdown, but an ongoing labor shortage is getting worse. They're not just go out in the street and whoever you can find.
Other examples highlighted by advocates include an Indian taxi driver in Southern California recently arrested during a routine check in with immigration authorities and a Mexican man facing deportation after almost two decades in the U.S. Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo, who was living in MI, is being held in a Louisiana detention facility while lawyers try to block his deportation.
Nationally, 41,318 individuals were arrested on civil violations of immigration law between January 22 and April 29; the number was 30,028 for a similar period previous year.