In fiscal year 2017 ICE investigated 1,716 workplaces in search of illegal immigrant workers. In 2018, this number went up to 6,093 investigations. As of July 20, 2018, 984 immigrants were arrested for being in the United States. In 2017, there were 172 arrests. 675 more immigrants were arrest for criminal conduct. In 2017 there were 139 criminal arrests.
Importantly, these numbers show the administration’s eagerness to demonstrate it is doing its job. Nonetheless, these numbers are still low. They are comparable to increased ICE activities detected during the Bush administration.