For many individuals who are in the United States without proper documentation, deportation is a fear. While recent presidential orders have reduced the odds of that happening for some people, the same cannot be said for everyone. A recent sweep by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, illustrates this. Called “Cross Check,” the five-day sweep specifically focused on individuals who were fugitive immigrants with criminal backgrounds. The deputy secretary of Homeland Security characterized them as “the worst of the worst.” This is the fifth sweep of this nature since 2011.
Specifically, the individuals arrested were considered threats to national security due to being:
- Part of a street gang
- Convicted of a felony or aggravated felony
- Convicted of at least three misdemeanors
- A total of 2,059 immigrants were arrested i
n the sweep. The immigrants are from 94 different countries.
As anyone who has faced deportation is well aware, the situation can be stressful. Those who are deported will find that their lives are upended. In addition to losing their job, they may end up being separated from their family if they are forced to leave them behind. In addition, they may not be able to return to the U.S. for a long period of time.
Not all deportations result in an immigrant being forced to leave the country. It may be possible to stay in the U.S. Due to the complicated nature of these types of proceedings, it is generally a good idea for those who find themselves in this situation to seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer.