Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

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Ten months after President Trump took office, the effect of his toughened immigration policies is showing up: The number of people caught at the southwest border has declined, while arrests of immigrants inside the country surged by 40%, statistics released Tuesday showed.

The fiscal year began October 1, 2016, and ended September 30. The remaining 58 percent came from Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, up from 54 percent a year ago.

But, ICE arrests between January and September rose by a staggering 42 percent compared to the previous year, with the agency putting almost 111,000 people behind the bars.

The 2017 numbers show an increase of 145 percent in the number of removals from the area when compared to the 2016 fiscal year, when 1,033 people were removed.

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Zinke said Tuesday he also supports cutting the size of Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou monuments. There is now no timber harvesting on the monument lands other than for maintenance or to maintain scenic views.

But ICE also took into account in a press release announcing the numbers that there was a 40 percent jump in removals since President Donald Trump took office on January 20 when compared to the previous fiscal year. Protesters are calling for an end to stepped up ICE raids and deportations, and that health care be provided for documented and undocumented people.

According to numbers from ICE, federal immigration authorities deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than in 2016, even as they arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally.

U.S. Border Patrol arrests are at lowest levels since 1971, according to a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection report.

A case of a Border Patrol being supposedly "ambushed" by migrants made headlines in late November.

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