Arrests of illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in May remained low for yet another month — amid an ongoing controversy over narrowed enforcement rules implemented by the Biden administration.
There were 2,837 arrests in May, just slightly lower than the 2,847 arrested in April, and higher than the 2,343 arrested in March and 1,985 arrested in February, according to ICE statistics.
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The arrests in all those months were just a fraction of the arrests made in the final months of the Trump administration. There were 6,804 arrests in October, 5,978 in November, 6,070 arrested in December and then a dip to 5,117 in January.
In 2020, ICE arrested 11,865 illegal immigrants in February, 10,431 in March, 5,793 in April and 5,579 in May.
The dramatic drop coincided with new interim guidance issued by the Biden administration, after it first tried to impose a 100-day moratorium on deportations – which was shut down by a judge in response to a lawsuit by Texas.
The new rules, issued in February, limit ICE officers to targeting recent border crossers, national security threats and “aggravated felons.” While officials note that technically no one is ruled out of being deported, ICE officers who want to arrest someone outside of those categories need preapproval from a superior.
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