You don't have to be a political junkie to know that the one immigration-related issue that has and will continue to be discussed ad nauseam by candidates for federal office right up until the November election is deportation.
Indeed, this has emerged as a hot-button issue over the last few years with contenders from both of the major parties -- as well as several third parties -- offering their takes and their rhetoric.
Regardless of your views on this controversial topic, it's important to have a solid foundational knowledge of the nation's stance on deportation over the last decade. As such, today's post will take a closer look at debunking a few of the more common myths surrounding deportation.
Deportations have fallen dramatically over the last ten-plus years
Statistics actually show that the number of deportations began a gradual ascent in 1996 with the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, and sped up post 9/11. Indeed, the number of deportations gradually increased from the Clinton Administration and Bush Administration up through the Obama Administration.
However, the statistics do show that this trend began a steady -- not sharp -- decline starting in 2012 and that this drop will likely continue through 2016.
Deportation can occur anytime, anywhere to anyone
While this is technically true, the current administration seems to have made a point of focusing deportation efforts on those who've been apprehended at the border, only been in the country for a few years and/or have criminal records.
Indeed, experts indicate that there is currently something of a zero-tolerance approach at the border, such that the majority of people trying to enter the country without permission are being subject to formal removal and even criminal charges.
As for deportations from the interior of the nation, statistics show they constituted less than 30 percent of all deportations in 2015, a significant decline from 64 percent in 2008. Similarly, statistics show the number of people deported last year with criminal records hit 59 percent versus only 31 percent in 2008.
Deportation efforts continue to center on Mexico
The Pew Research Center determined last year that more Mexican citizens actually left the U.S. than entered it over the previous five years owing to everything from the aforementioned enhanced border protections to stagnant economic growth. Indeed, researchers dubbed it a reversal of "one of the largest mass migrations in modern history."
Experts indicate that the majority of people seeking to enter the U.S. now hail from Central America, which is suffering from staggering levels of violence and poverty.
Here's hoping the information proved helpful.
Those with concerns about the removal process or other pressing immigration matters should seriously consider speaking with a skilled legal professional who can answer their questions and fight to protect their rights.