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Are ICE deportations truly aimed at 'criminals'?

"Immi­gra­tion and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) removed a record 216,000 criminal illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2011 – "an 89 percent increase over 2008," Mr. Chandler added. In May, President Obama told an audience in El Paso , Texas , that the focus was on "violent...

ICE Targets Fewer Criminals in Deportation Proceedings

"In deportation proceedings initiated during July - September 2011 by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the nation's 50 plus Immigration Courts, only 7,378 individuals — just 13.8 percent of the total — were charged with having engaged in criminal activities...

How many criminals is ICE really deporting?

The Obama administration says it is deporting a record number of criminals. The truth, however, is more complicated — and the administration’s rhetoric may be influenced by the political tightrope it’s walking as it tries simultaneously to please Latinos and independent voters....

Bring Justice to Immigration Courts (Because Deportation is Different) - Angelo Paparelli

"Because of the legal charade that removal proceedings are "civil" and not "criminal" in nature , that deportation is not "punishment," foreign citizens whose immigration status is challenged at a removal hearing before an immigration judge enjoy no such rights...

When Will Gideon's Trumpet Blow in Immigration Court?

"Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark case that constitutionally guaranteed counsel to defendants in criminal cases in the United States. Together with the Court’s decision three years later in Miranda v. Arizona, the decision radically transformed...

Two Systems of Justice: How the Immigration System Falls Short of American Ideals of Justice

"There is a growing consensus that our immigration system is broken. Severe visa backlogs hurt U.S. businesses, undocumented workers are frequently exploited, and record levels of deportations tear families apart. While much energy is now focused on addressing these problems, one issue that is frequently...

Cal. Sup. Ct. on Immigration Advisement in Criminal Cases: People v. Martinez

"[Cal.] Penal Code section 1016.5 requires that before accepting a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any criminal offense, the trial court must advise the defendant that if he or she is not a United States citizen, conviction of the offense may result in deportation, exclusion from admission...

Nature of Charge in New Filings Seeking Removal Orders through August 2013: TRAC

"Only a small proportion of the filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens have been based on alleged criminal activity." - TRAC, Sept. 2013 .

Free Webinar Tuesday October 1, 2013 - Criminalizing Migration: Excessive Prosecution and Punishment

"Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Justice Network, and the National Immigrant Justice Center invite you to join a free webinar on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 2 – 3:30 PM EST (1 – 2:30 PM CST) to learn more about the skyrocketing increase in federal prosecutions of immigration offenses...

Fewer Deportation Cases Based on Convictions Filed

" Of all filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens during fiscal year 2013, only one in seven (14.4 percent) have been based on alleged criminal activity. This proportion is roughly half what it was twenty years ago, when 28.5 percent -- more than a quarter -- of removal filings...

'Padilla' Advisal Added to Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(b)(1)

"Effective December 1, 2013, an amendment to Rule 11(b)(1) takes effect that requires a [federal district court] judge, during a plea colloquy, to inform the defendant and ensure that he understands that "if convicted, a defendant who is not a United States citizen may be removed from the United...

TRAC: Criminal Charges Continue Decline in Immigration Court

"Alleged criminal activity continues to turn up less and less often as the basis for new Immigration Court filings seeking removal orders. So far in fiscal year 2014, only 13.5 percent of individuals have been alleged to be removable based on criminal activity, according to the latest case-by-case...

ICE Sweeps Aimed at Criminals Deport Many With No Record

"More than 40 percent of the immigrants deported from Maryland under a sweeping federal program called Secure Communities have no prior criminal record — a percentage that puts the state among the top five in the nation for such deportations, an analysis by The Baltimore Sun shows." ...

Texas Immigration Jail Overcrowded; 90% of Detainees Not Criminals

"Recent contract documents reveal the Texas Port Isabel Detention Center is subjecting the average 1115 people it locks up each night to overcrowding, and that 90 per cent of them have no criminal records . On February 11 and 12, 2014 representatives from several private prison firms visited the...

TRAC: Civil Immigration Offenses Account for 80% of Immigration Court Deportation Orders

"Immigration Court judges have ordered 82,878 individuals deported so far this fiscal year, according to the latest data as of the end of August. But in only 16,375 of these cases, about one out of every five, had the government sought the removal order because of criminal or other activity that...

Deconstructing the Myth of the Criminal Immigrant - Cyrus D. Mehta

Cyrus D. Mehta, July 23, 2016 - "Donald Trump began his presidential campaign last year by accusing Mexican immigrants who cross the border as being criminals and rapists, and ended with the same sentiment in his acceptance speech of the Republican nomination by thundering that “nearly 180...

Immigration Now 52 Percent of All Federal Criminal Prosecutions - TRAC

TRAC, Nov. 28, 2016 - "Immigration remains the major focus of federal criminal enforcement efforts. The latest available data show that criminal prosecutions for illegal entry, illegal re-entry, and similar immigration violations made up 52 percent of all federal prosecutions in FY 2016. During...