Immigration Law

AILA Analysis of Deportation Numbers

"There are two key statistics regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) deportation numbers.  First are returns, individuals apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who are then returned to their country without a removal on their record.  Second are removals, which carry more severe consequences, such as a bar on the person returning to the United States for five or more years.  In the past decade the use of returns has dropped significantly, while removal numbers have steadily risen, and are at a historic high mark. ... DHS has also been aggressively using summary removal processes—like expedited removal and reinstatement—that bypass immigration court.  More than 70 percent of all removals in fiscal year 2013 did not take place before an immigration judge, but instead were the decision of an immigration officer.  This increased use of summary removals means more people are being removed quickly, without due process." - AILA, Apr. 16, 2014.