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Deportation a real issue for some inhabitants of Miami

For many residents of the Miami area deportation is just a word. For countless others however it is a real possibility. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the number of undocumented immigrants deported in 2011 was 396,906. Many, but not all of those deported, had criminal records.

More specifically, ICE indicates that over half, or 55 percent, of the people who were returned to the country of their birth last year had a record of some crime. This is in line with objectives articulated by the current administration of focusing not on undocumented immigrants who are otherwise following the laws of the land, but rather those who have a criminal record.

Another group that is more of a priority for deportation is those who are in the country again after having previously been removed. A 37-year-old man from Honduras who now lives in Miami is a part of this group.

The married father of four first entered the United States in 1997. Shortly after arriving he was returned home. He again entered the U.S. in 1999 and lived here, without incident, until earlier this year when he was pulled over by law enforcement for a traffic violation. At that point it was determined that he was in the country without authorization.

After spending several months in a Broward County detention center, the man is now at his Miami area home with his family. As he awaits a resolution to his immigration matter it is possible that he could at any time, again be returned to Honduras.

How this case will ultimately play out remains to be seen. It is a good bet however that he has engaged the assistance of an immigration attorney.

Source: The Miami Herald, "Report: Number of undocumented immigrants arrested and deported in 2011 hits record high," Alfonso Chardy, Sept. 20, 2012

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