President Donald Trump's administration was detaining more immigrants without criminal records than President Barack Obama's administration did, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The change in policy caused the arrests of undocumented migrants without criminal records to more than double, according to ICE data released on Wednesday.
From Jan. 22 to April 29, ICE agents arrested 41,300 immigrants in the U.S., and about 11,000 of those immigrants did not have criminal convictions.
The increase of arrests did not mean an increase in deportations. The backlog in U.S. immigrations courts caused a 12 percent decrease in the number of deportations, according to ICE.
ICE agents also arrested some recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Obama-administration program is meant to protect qualifying students who arrived to the U.S. illegally before their 16th birthday and lived in the country continuously before June 15, 2012.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.