>> US Agents rounding up an illegal immigrant in California, just one of thousands detained since Donald Trump clamped down on immigration rules.>> I knew they would arrest me one day.>> In the first 100 days of his presidency, arrests of suspected illegal immigrants have risen nearly 40% according to government data released on Wednesday.
Reuters immigration correspondent, Michael Rosenberg says it follows efforts by Trump and the Department of Homeland Security to broaden the scope of who can be targeted.>> Now what is interesting about this number is that while the majority, almost two thirds, of the people arrested had criminal convictions, there was a very large increase in almost 150% of arrests of people who are not criminals.
And this is a reflection in the change in some of the priorities in the Trump administration to expand the range of people who are targeted under new enforcement rules.>> Since the beginning of the year, almost 11,000 immigrants not convicted of crimes were arrested compared to 4,200 non-criminal arrests in the same period last year.
One interesting thing to note as well is that while all these arrests are up actually proportionately than the number of deportations as compared to Obama in the same period are down. Part of that is because people who are arrested in the interior sometimes will have longer and more complicated cases.
The immigration court system is very backed up.>> Part of the reason fewer people are being arrested on the border with Mexico, is because the number of people caught crossing is also down significantly. According to data from US Customs and Border Protection. Why that is exactly, is not clear, but it could be partly due to the president's aggressive anti-immigration rhetoric.