Giving Compass' Take:

· The authors discuss the changing patterns of immigration enforcement in the US under the Trump administration and how recent shifts have led to more arrests and deportations.

· How has immigration enforcement in the US changed under the Trump administration? How has stricter enforcement affected the country?

· Check out these key facts on immigration policy in the US.

The Trump administration has cast the net of immigration enforcement wider than previous administrations in its search for individuals who may be deportable from the United States. To achieve this, it no longer prioritizes its use of enforcement personnel and resources to focus first on individuals who may present threats to public safety. Instead, the administration has issued policies that treat all infractions of the law as equally deserving of enforcement action. Increasingly, individuals with no criminal records have been apprehended, regardless of their social and economic ties to U.S. families, communities, and employers.

This shift in enforcement approach has resulted in increased arrests and removals tied to enforcement efforts in the interior of the United States. According to publicly-available government statistics, over a three-year period—from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 through FY 2018— the total number of arrests conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in FY 2018 was 44 percent higher than in FY 2016. Additionally, the number of at-large arrests—those that ICE conducted in the community as opposed to a custodial setting such as a prison or jail—increased from 30,348 in FY 2016 to 40,066 in FY 2017. Furthermore, the number of removals from the United States attributable to arrests by ICE increased from 65,322 to 95,360—an increase of 46 percent.

Read the full article about immigration enforcement by Guillermo Cantor, Emily Ryo, and Reed Humphrey at The American Immigration Council.