A deportation raid. Courtesy ICE

There’s been a sharp incresase in the number of targeted immigration arrests in San Diego, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials cite President Donald Trump’s policy toward undocumented immigrants as the reason.

In January, Trump signed an executive order that seeks to remove all undocumented immigrants charged with any crime. During President Barack Obama’s tenure, arrest and deportation priorities focused on people convicted of felonies and/or multiple misdemeanors.

“From February through May of this year, San Diego’s fugitive operations team arrested 547 people, according to data from ICE. That’s more than double the total for the same months last year, at 242, or the year before, at 267. In 2014, before Obama narrowed immigration enforcement’s priorities, San Diego’s fugitive operations team arrested 540 people in the same time frame,” The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“All we’re trying to do is protect the community and remove the threats,” Greg Archambeault, San Diego field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, told the U-T.

Clinton Johnston, assistant field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in San Diego, told the U-T that Trump’s policies have opened the door to many more arrests.

“We’re still focusing on criminals, but we’re not confined to them,” Johnston said. “It’s the ability for us to enforce the law across the board.”

–Staff

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