Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Deportations at Lowest Level in Nine Years

New numbers seem to show that, at least in 2015, President Barack Obama may no longer be the “Deporter-in-Chief,” as he has so frequently been referred to by undocumented immigrant activist groups. According to the Associated Press (AP), fewer immigrants have been deported over the last 12 months than at any point since 2006, when President George W. Bush was in office. The deportation of immigrants with criminal convictions has fallen to the lowest level since President Obama took office in 2009, but the deportation rate of undocumented immigrants with criminal records in relation to overall undocumented immigrants has risen.

The drop in deportations of convicted undocumented immigrants is not slim by any means either. Compared to 2012, 42 percent less immigrants convicted of a crime have been deported. The responsibility for this, however, should not be given to President Obama according to many activists and officials. Police departments across the United States have either limited or completely ceased communicating and working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE and the Obama administration have also come under a great deal of criticism lately for their deportation numbers and polices.

Accordingly, ICE has been forced to change many of its policies and procedures in an attempt to be seemingly more immigrant friendly. For example, ICE cancelled its Secure Communities program which called for local authorities to honor the federal government’s requests to hold detained undocumented immigrant prisoners for longer periods of time than normal so that ICE could pick them up and deport them. After federal courts ruled that the Secure Communities program violated immigrant detainees’ civil rights, ICE replaced the program with the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which asks local authorities only to notify ICE if someone on their radar is soon to be released. However, the PEP program still allows ICE to use detainers.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, PC Represent Undocumented Immigrants

If you or a loved one is working without proper documentation or are facing an immigration issue or deportation, it is crucial to contact Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, PC immediately. Our knowledgeable, dedicated and multi-lingual team will work tirelessly to advocate on your behalf and help ensure that you obtain the proper documentation you need, your civil rights are not being violated and you are not at risk for deportation.

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