According to a data from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement more than 5,000 illegal immigrants were removed from Arizona in the first three months of this year.
ICE stated that 5,283 illegal immigrants were removed as of March 31st. It said 1,780 were removed in January, followed by 1,613 in February and 1,890 in the month of March. The figures included those, who were removed forcibly, those who voluntarily deported and those, who were deported by the Border Patrol.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not specify the nationality of any person, who was deported or if anyone had been removed more than one time.
Local news in Arizona has requested last year’s removal numbers. The ICE is looking into the request.
In January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that made all illegal immigrants (regardless of the crime) the focus of deportation efforts.
Shortly after the order was signed, Arizona made the immigration headlines, when two undocumented immigrants convicted of a crime.
Juan Carlos Fomperosa Garcia and Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos were detained and deported following routine check-ins with ICE.
“Fugitives, who commit egregious crimes in their home country should not expect to find refuge in the United States.,” said Henry Lucero, who is the field office director for ICE in Phoenix. He said this in a release about the arrest and deportation of Juan Garica-Rendon, who was the main suspect in a murder in Mexico.
The arrests of undocumented people garnered controversy among pro-immigration groups, who said that the families were splitting up due to the deportations and were not for the public good.