When one year ends and another begins, it is often a good idea to take a look back at the previous year. Where immigration matters are concerned, one of the issues that many are interested in assessing is the number of deportations that occurred. The numbers are out for 2013, and as it turns out, deportations dropped last year as compared to 2012. At approximately 370,000, compared to 2012, the number is down by around 40,000.
As regular readers of this blog may be aware, the current administration has been criticized by some for the large number of undocumented immigrants who have been deported since President Obama took office. Despite having implemented programs such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and more recently Parole in Place, which applies to certain family members of military personnel, since taking office, around 1.8 million individuals have been returned to the country of their birth.
It is likely that many undocumented immigrants currently living in the Miami area fear that they will face deportation. There is good reason for this fear. In addition to separating families, a deportation proceeding could result in the loss of one’s job. When someone actually is deported, it is usually very difficult to find a way to return to the U.S.
Fortunately, the receipt of a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge does not immediately result in a deportation. There is the possibility that one will be able to find a way to stay in the U.S. Because immigration laws are complex, most in that situation benefit from working with an immigration attorney.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Deportations Drop To Under 370,000 In 2013,” Elise Foley, Dec. 19, 2013