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Migrants allowed to stay with family, don’t check in with ICE

When individuals enter the United States without proper documentation it is possible that they will be taken into custody and placed into the immigration system. These individuals often face deportation proceedings.

Most readers are likely aware that of the large number of individuals who entered into the U.S. without that documentation over the course of the last few months. Due to the lack of detention facilities, thousands have been released to families in the U.S. These individuals were supposed to check in an office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement within a specific amount of time. According to ICE, approximately 70 percent of those individuals have yet to check in with an office.

It is important to note that the failure to follow-up with ICE is not the same as skipping out on an immigration hearing. What will happen with the hearings remains to be seen.

Individuals facing deportation hearings have a lot to lose. This is particularly true for the children who recently streamed into the country, many without a parent accompanying them. While the specific reasons behind each person’s decision to make the move to the U.S. vary, to make such a voyage one can imagine that they had what they deemed to be good reasons. Accordingly, they probably want to do all that they can to stay.

As is the case with most immigration matters, deportation hearings can be complex. Because of this most facing an immigration issue feel that it is important to have someone with a good understanding of the process on their side, such as an immigration lawyer. Working with such an individual may make it possible for that person to remain in the United States.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Thousands of Migrants Have Failed to Report to Immigration Offices,” Miriam Jordan, Sept. 26, 2014

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