Immigration Arrests Drop to Ten Year Low

32,000 fewer deportations in fiscal year 2021

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced this week the total number of immigration arrests within the last year. About 72,000 arrests were made in the fiscal year 2021, which is 32,000 fewer than last year. This is also the fewest arrests in the last ten years. The decrease is primarily due to new limits put in place by President Biden’s administration, combined with a 100-day halt on deportations early in President Biden’s term in office. 

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced new directives for ICE, advising officers that someone’s illegal entry to the country, “should not alone be the basis” for their removal.

Secretary Mayorkas stated at the end of September, “The new guidelines will enable our Department to most effectively accomplish our law enforcement mission and, at the same time, advance our country’s well-being by recognizing the invaluable contributions of millions of individuals who are part of the fabric of our communities. The guidelines will help us exercise our prosecutorial discretion to achieve justice.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officers of ICE as they work to provide safety and security to the country.
  • That Secretary Mayorkas would seek God’s wisdom on how to lead DHS.
  • For the president and his administration as they craft immigration policy.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Post


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