US President Donald Trump toughens stance on illegal immigrants

New figures from the United States suggest that thousands of people without criminal records are being actively sought as a result of President Donald Trump’s election promise to get tough with illegal immigrants.

With an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US, Mr Trump had originally said he would prioritise the deportation of criminals. But a change in policy written into his executive orders made non-criminal illegal immigrants an equal priority for deportation.

Most of the illegal immigrants arrested during Mr Trump’s first 100 days in office were criminals, but more than 10,000 undocumented immigrants with no criminal past were arrested too, twice as many as in the same period last year.

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