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Ben Leonard, Steve Contorno, Tampa Bay Times, July 26, 2019
"Despite Trump’s claims, ICE is arresting way more immigrants without criminal records — especially in Florida. In Florida, arrests of undocumented immigrants without prior convictions are seven times higher than they were under Obama, the largest surge in the country. Five days after his 2017 inauguration, Trump signed an executive order directing federal agents to stop making exceptions when enforcing immigration laws. People once considered a lower priority because they were not deemed a security or public safety threat became targets overnight. Immigration enforcement agents can now “round up anybody they could find, whether they had a criminal conviction or not,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law at Cornell Law School."