On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agencies of DHS dealing with border enforcement, detention, and deportation.… Read More
Jae Lee was born in South Korea and lawfully moved to the United States when he was 13 years old. He was a “lawful permanent resident” or a “green card holder” and never naturalized to become a United States Citizen. In 2008, 35 years after Mr. Lee came to the United States, he was charged in federal court on one count of possessing ecstasy with intent to distribute in violation of 21 U.… Read More
With immigration scams on the rise, Chicago Tribune reporter Nereoda Moreno delves into the decades of scams that ride on immigrant’s fears, often cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and result in permanent banishment from the United States. At its core is one phrase: “notario publico.” … 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