We talk about deportations quite often on this blog; and you would think that given recent policy changes and directives from the U.S. government, that deportations would be on the decline.
However, a new report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides statistical evidence that paints an entirely different picture.
According to the report, in 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained 429,000 people who did not have legal documentation; 396,906 people were deported; and of those deported, about 188,000 people had a criminal record. All of these figures represent unprecedented deportation numbers.
There are a few things to take away from this report. First, considering the numbers represent the 2011 fiscal year, some of the recent policies that have been passed obviously did not affect the statistics. In all likelihood, the deportation numbers will decline (possibly dramatically) this year.
Second, even if the number of deportations goes down in 2012, there will still be many families that are torn apart by having one of their loved ones sent home. This is a traumatic incident and though sometimes necessary, it is always very serious.
Third and lastly, given the serious nature of deportation, it is imperative that those who are tabbed for deportation and believe they have a legitimate case to stay in the country contact a legal professional. Once you are deported, it is very difficult to build your case. Approaching things as quickly and efficiently as possible while you are still in the U.S. is your best chance to successfully overcome a deportation challenge.
Source: Miami Herald, “Report: Number of undocumented immigrants arrested and deported in 2011 hits record high,” Alfonso Chardy, Sept. 20, 2012
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