The immigration enforcement numbers for Fiscal Year 2017 released Tuesday by the Trump administration show very good progress in restoring the integrity of our immigration system and reversing the disastrous policies of the previous administration. In particular, I am encouraged to see a 25 percent increase in interior removals, which had plunged to a 10-year low last year, and an increase in enforcement directed at criminals and fugitives – and particularly gang members.
These numbers are especially commendable considering the festering problem of sanctuaries that are obstructing ICE for political reasons, at serious cost to public safety. The main area of concern is the continued sizable illegal influx of youths and families over the southern border, which is causing big problems for the communities where they are resettled, and will remain an enforcement headache for ICE for years to come.
A more detailed analysis of these statistics will be upcoming.
Jessica M. Vaughan is Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a research institute in Washington DC.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by the Center for Immigration Studies.