President Trump’s immigration crackdown is having a large impact on one of America’s oldest and most storied sporting events: the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The event’s stars – the horses – are cared for and trained, in large part, by immigrants, many of whom of are undocumented in the United States. Mr. Trump claims that these immigrants are taking jobs from U.S.… Read More
As a result of the increased enforcement of immigration laws, ICE agents have taken to showing up at courthouses in areas with large immigrant communities. They will wait there and take in people who do not have status or have other immigration-related issues, such as having committed a crime that would render them removable from the U.S. This has caused significant issues for undocumented individuals, causing them to fear reporting crimes, filing for custody of children if they have a U.S.… Read More
In fiscal year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed 235,413 individuals from the country. Nearly 60 percent of these were convicted criminals. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story of the removal process. Being detained by ICE or picked up by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not automatically result in deportation. Many detainees are eventually released and remain in the country.… Read More
It is a known fact that the process of entering the United States legally is complex and time-consuming. For those individuals who have been designated for removal proceedings, however, the good news is that the process of deportation is also not terribly swift. What’s more, there are numerous ways to defend oneself against deportation and remain in the United States—and the burden of proof lies with the government, rather than with the individual.… Read More
According to statistics compiled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency and its government partners acted to remove 235,413 individuals from the United States during fiscal year 2015. Of these, 59 percent had been convicted of a crime.
While much of the debate surrounding illegal immigration in the United States centers on those who have unlawfully crossed a border (particularly the border with Mexico), there are other ways in which people’s presence in the country can be illegal; for example, it’s possible to stay past the expiration date of a visa.… Read More
Contrary to what many people believe, members of the U.S. armed forces can face deportation, even after they return from an overseas deployment. Though joining the military can sometimes present ways to hasten the citizenship process, those who serve as non-citizens may find themselves subject to complex, inconsistent and even unclear immigration laws.
THE REALITY OF VETERAN DEPORTATION
U.S. engagement in the Middle East led many immigrants to sign up to serve in the armed forces.… Read More
Many Deportees Were Non-Criminal, Tax Paying Immigrants with American Citizen Spouses and Children Who Have Lived in the United States for Years.
In a shocking statement just released, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that it deported nearly 410,000 immigrants in 2012 – a number that shocked many and has exceeded the number of deportees from years prior. In the statement, ICE Director John Morton stated that the large amount of deportations in 2012 was the product of “smart and effective immigration enforcement” so as to deport only those immigrants considered “high priority” and have serious criminal histories.… Read More
I just got off the phone with a deportation client. Of course, I can’t reveal lots of details about his deportation case. In any event, he is being detained under the ridiculous INA mandatory detention statute.
This client was charged with a crime in late-2000 and is a Permanent Resident. USCIS, DHS and ICE forgot this fact though. Instead, they waited until early-2010 to decide to commence deportation proceedings against him.… Read More