A surge in immigration arrests of people living in the United States under the Trump administration is having a devastating impact on long-term immigrants with strong ties to the US.

During the first seven months of the Trump presidency, the number of immigrants seized in the interior of the country rather than at the border – many of them wrenched from their families and communities – increased by 43 percent compared to the same time period in 2016. Immigration arrests of people with no criminal convictions nearly tripled.