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The Wall Street Journal: Trump administration arresting far more illegal immigrants without criminal convictions

WASHINGTON — One in three people arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the first half of fiscal 2018 had no criminal convictions, a result of the Trump administration’s wide net as it pursues illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

During the final years of the Obama administration, in fiscal 2015 and 2016, more than 85% of people arrested by ICE had criminal convictions. But that has fallen as the Trump administration targets a much wider group of people, new data released Thursday show.

The data show how President Donald Trump’s administration is working to change the practices followed under President Barack Obama, when agents were far more selective about who to arrest and deport.

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