U.S. Immigration and Customs (Non) Enforcement (ICE) announced through the Bureau of Justice Statistics that arrests for immigration violations have dropped to the lowest level in 40 years.
WaPo/AP July 18, 2012
WASHINGTON — The government says apprehensions of people for federal immigration violations have dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, reflecting a decline in the northbound traffic of illegal immigrants from Mexico... [Lie. Immigration arrests are down not because of a small decline in illegal immigration of Mexicans, as illegal aliens from further south have increased, but in an ICE policy not to make arrests and an end to interior enforcement by the U.S. Border Patrol.]
In a report released Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said the number of immigration-related apprehensions has steadily declined, peaking at 1.8 million in 2000 but dropping to 516,992 in 2010 — the lowest level since 1972...
“On the other hand, arrests by federal authorities for immigration offenses is rising, no doubt partly due to greater enforcement efforts,” said Rodriguez, who has spent decades studying Latino migration and the impact of U.S. immigration policies on immigrant communities.
A nice slight of hand, as the AP does not make the critical distinction between criminal arrests and immigration arrests. Immigration arrests require little or no pre-arrest investigation, criminal arrests require long and involved investigative and procedural activity, including supervisor review, review by an Assistant United States Attorney, testimony before a Grand Jury, preparing a search or arrest warrant, submitting to a review of a warrant by a magistrate, testimony before a magistrate during a probable cause hearing, etc. An immigration arrest is a quick field interview of a person to determine alienage and lawful presence. Not much at all compared to a criminal arrest. In fact, the time effort involved in one criminal arrest could result in 100 administrative arrests for immigration violations.
Suspects arrested by the Marshals Service for federal criminal immigration offenses increased from 8,777 in 1994 to 82,438 in 2010.
Criminal arrests are up, but mostly because of U.S. Border Patrol policy in certain sectors to discourage repeat immigration offenders by criminally prosecuting illegal entry violations.
In a seven-year span ending in 2010, the number of border patrol officers nearly doubled, from 10,819 to 20,558, the study says.
But immigration arrests are down, as the U.S. Border Patrol has been prohibited from making arrests in the interior of the United States, and the Regime and Jorge Bush who preceded it, have been closing interior Border Patrol Stations.
This decline in arrests is another symptom of the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty.