Most immigrants arrested by ICE have prior criminal convictions, a big change from 2009
Immigrants with past criminal convictions accounted for 74% of all arrests made by ICE agents in fiscal 2017.
ICE arrests went up in 2017, with biggest increases in Florida, northern Texas, Oklahoma
After years of decline, the number of arrests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement climbed to a three-year high in fiscal 2017.
Public backs legal status for immigrants brought to U.S. illegally as children, but not a bigger border wall
When the two policies are taken together, 54% of Americans both favor legal status for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children and oppose expanding the border wall.
How Americans, Mexicans see each other differs for those closer to border
Amid tense relations between the U.S. and Mexico, one of the factors affecting the way Mexicans and Americans view each other is proximity to the border.
Key facts about unauthorized immigrants enrolled in DACA
Read key facts about the nearly 690,000 unauthorized immigrants in America who currently have work permits and are protected from deportation under DACA.
DACA has shielded nearly 790,000 young unauthorized immigrants from deportation
Nearly 790,000 young unauthorized immigrants have received work permits and deportation relief through the federal program created under Obama in 2012.
Border wall is Trump’s least popular policy internationally
People around the world strongly disapprove of Trump’s signature policies, but his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall stands out for its unpopularity.
As Mexican share declined, U.S. unauthorized immigrant population fell in 2015 below recession level
As the Mexican share of the total declined, the unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S. in 2015 was smaller than when the Great Recession ended.
Immigration offenses make up a growing share of federal arrests
Federal law enforcement agencies are making more arrests for immigration-related offenses and fewer arrests for other types of offenses – including drug, property and gun crimes – than they were a decade ago.
Immigrants don’t make up a majority of workers in any U.S. industry
Immigrants made up 17.2% of the total U.S. workforce in 2014, or about 27 million workers. Private households were the biggest immigrant-employing "industry," followed by textile, apparel and leather manufacturers and the farm sector.
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