Why are ICE arrests and deportations down in Colorado and Wyoming?

Article subtitle: 
Immigration officials blame local sanctuary laws
Article CAIRCO note: 
Well, duhhh - if you make it impossible for ICE to apprehend illegal aliens, they won't!
Article publisher: 
Denver Post
Article date: 
13 December 2019
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 
Fewer people in Colorado and Wyoming were deported for living illegally in the United States during the 2019 fiscal year than in the previous fiscal year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials removed 3,125 people from the two states, compared to 3,253 people removed in the 2018 fiscal year, according to the statistics. The fiscal year runs from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30.
The slightly lower numbers are still higher than removals in 2017 and 2016, when 2,746 and 1,033 people were removed from Colorado and Wyoming by ICE.
ICE arrests were also down during the 2019 fiscal year, with 2,408 compared to 2,755 in the 2018 fiscal year.
ICE blamed local sanctuary laws and the diversion of resources to the U.S./Mexico border as reasons for the lower regional numbers....