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Immigrant arrests, deportations increase in Colorado during first year of Trump presidency

Feds hail increases as a ‘return to enforcing the law’

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The number of people deported from the United States after living illegally in Colorado and Wyoming more than doubled during President Donald Trump's first year in office, according to statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The number of removals rose to 2,535 from 1,033 in the two states during the 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, according to data provided by Carl Rusnek, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman based in Dallas.

Arrests in Colorado and Wyoming increased 20 percent to 2,746 from 2,284 during the same period, Rusnek said.

Nationally, ICE officers made 110,568 arrests between Jan. 20 and Sept. 30. That was a 40 percent increase over the previous year, according to a news release from the homeland security department.

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