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International - April 5, 2021

Under Biden, deportations and convictions of undocumented immigrants in the United States have reduced significantly.

Under Biden, deportations and convictions of undocumented immigrants in the United States have reduced significantly.

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After President Biden took office, federal immigration officials have made far fewer arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants, as the current administration refocuses enforcement within the United States to concentrate on those with a significant criminal record.

Mr. Biden made a 100-day deportation moratorium a campaign pledge to show his commitment to overhauling US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the department in charge of immigrant arrests, detention, and deportations.

The deportation pause was suspended by a federal judge just days after it was released in January, but ICE figures indicate that the administration’s compliance goals have dramatically decreased much of the agency’s activity anyway.

According to the numbers, ICE arrests fell by nearly two-thirds in March compared to monthly totals near the end of Trump’s presidency, when arrests were already slowing amid the ongoing pandemic. Deportations have plummeted by almost half. The number of people detained by ICE dropped from over 56,000 in 2019 to 14,000 in March.

Around the same time, migrant arrests at the southern border of the United States have risen to a 15-year peak. According to a source familiar with the figures, the Border Patrol detained more than 170,000 people illegally crossing the southern border in March, up from nearly 97,000 in February.

Meanwhile, other refugees are crossing the border undetected. According to people familiar with the situation, border officials estimate that nearly 1,000 migrants have reached the country undetected in recent days.

 

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