ICE Arrests Smaller Share of People with Criminal Record
While the total number of administrative arrests made by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has gone up in absolute terms, the share of those arrests that are criminal has gone down. In FY2016, 86 percent of the over 110,000 arrests ICE made were of undocumented migrants, who were convicted of crimes. By FY2017, while the total number of undocumented migrants arrested went up to 143,470 only about three-quarters of those arrests were of people with a criminal record. For the fiscal year 2018, the share of undocumented migrants with a previous criminal record dropped to just two-thirds of total detentions.
This chart shows the percent of administrative arrests with a criminal record between FY 2016 and FY 2018.