Published on: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A new analysis by the PEW Research Center titled Most Immigrants Arrested by Ice Have Prior Criminal Convictions, a Big Change from 2009 finds that immigrants with prior convictions accounted for 74% of all arrestees by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents in FY2017.  In contrast, 61% of those arrested by ICE in FY2009 did not have prior convictions.  The data also shows that ICE arrests have dropped sharply from 297,898 in FY2009 to 143,470 in FY2017.  Fewer noncitizens with criminal history were arrested in FY2017 (105,736) than in FY2016 (115,867). 

A separate PEW Research Center analysis, available here, reports that ICE arrests went up in 2017, with the biggest increases in Florida, Northern Texas, and Oklahoma.

The Training Division provides litigation resources for immigration offenses involving noncitizensimmigration consequences of conviction, as well as several webinars on strategies for defending noncitizens from basic to advanced issues.