President Trump said he was targeting criminals with his crackdown on illegal immigration. But new information out of ICE shows that crackdown -- here in Phoenix and around the country -- is far more sweeping.
There's evidence Trump's deportation force is catching all undocumented immigrants in its net: Those who've committed crimes and those who haven't.
Trump promised he would get "really bad dudes" out of the U.S., but it appears ICE is doing more.
Immigration attorney Ray Ybarra Moldonado shared what he's seen on this weekend's 'Sunday Square-Off'.
"I have people coming into my office just in tears with their kids there, talking about how their husband has just been arrested," Moldonado said. "Of course, as an attorney, my first question is 'What did they do wrong? DUI? Domestic violence?' Nothing."
Under President Obama, undocumented immigrants with no criminal record could stay in the U.S. based on immigration officials' discretion. Maldonado said those days are over.
"Anyone who comes into contact with ICE are being put into proceedings and unfortunately, Brahm, we're seeing them charged with federal criminal offenses," Moldonado said.
In Trump's first 100 days in office, ICE arrested 30,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records -- up 20 percent from the year before.
Arrests of undocumented immigrants without records soared 50 percent -- to almost 13,000.
A recently released email from a top ICE official laid out the new policy:
"Effective immediately, ERO (enforcement and removal operations) officers will take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course of their duties."
The evidence shows ICE is arresting all undocumented immigrants, regardless of their criminal background.
ICE's expanded immigration enforcement is creating a huge backlog in the immigration courts. The case load has grown 20 percent nationwide. here in Phoenix, the case backlog is almost two and a half years.
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