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Detroit, MI- Latino leaders and immigration activists in Detroit gathered as Caesar Chavez Elementary school to protest ICE for arresting two men dropping of their children at school. They also called for the resignation of the director of Detroit’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Two men were stopped on their way to drop their children off at school; one of the men was arrested and remains in detention. Another man, only identified as Jorge was detained and questioned in front of his children, telling the Detroit News through an interpreter that he was frightened adding that his children were crying and asking the agents not to “take away their daddy.”
Jorge joined the protestors along with state Representative Rashida Tlaib (D.), calling for the resignation of Rebecca Adducci who runs Detroit’s ICE office. The former director promised citizens of the city that his agents would not pursue undocumented immigrants or criminal offenders near schools of sensitive areas.
“After a thorough review of facts, the arrest of a priority target in the Detroit area, adhered to, and was in full compliance of, the stated and policies and procedures.” ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls said.
But parents and advocates think it’s inappropriate to arrest an immigrant in front of their children.
After being arrested by ICE, an immigrant will then be detained until they have a trial, which could take a long time. This gives the detainee time to retain an immigration attorney who can build a strong deportation defense and fight to stop their removal from the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – The impression that the Obama administration is soft on illegal immigration can be easily rebuffed now that the Department of Homeland Security has released a report which shows arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants reached historical levels.
The report titled Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2011 showed that ICE detained 429,000 undocumented immigrants and deported 188,000 illegals with criminal records.
On the ICE website, the agency states that 396,906 undocumented immigrants were removed from the country. Of that number 54 percent were criminal offenders. Other immigrants, 19.6 percent, were removed for repeat illegal entries into the country. Eleven percent of those deported were stopped at the border.
In contrast, deportations in 2007, totaled 291,060, and the number of deportations have consistently increased every year under the Obama administration.
Even though deportations have reached record levels, many states across the country have felt the need to pass very harsh immigration laws alleging that the President is soft on illegal immigration, which contradicts the statistics. Just yesterday, law enforcement in Arizona was given the go ahead to check the immigration status of people they stop for traffic violations.
The unprecedented level of deportations has angered immigration activists, but the DHS has asserted that they focus their deportation efforts on convicted criminals.
While deportations of criminals are on the rise, the administration has ordered the DHS to halt deportations of young immigrants and families as they don’t fall in their enforcement priorities.
Every undocumented immigrant faces the danger of deportation, which can make live very difficult. Immigration attorneys can be invaluable to an immigrant, who is facing removal, and needs a valid defense, or the individual who hopes to become a legally recognized citizen.
Plans to build an immigration detention center in a rural area of Broward County sparked protests from residents and immigration activists. The new detention center will be one of the nation’s largest facilities.
Residents of the Florida County feel that a detention center will drive down property values and pose a security threat. It would also drive traffic into the rural county. Some residents see the detention center as a way to attract new economic opportunities to the area.
Immigration activists were vocal about the fact that building a new detention facility indicates and expansion in deportations instead of immigration reform. The record number of people detained for illegal immigration has reached unprecedented levels. Immigration lawyers are representing record numbers of undocumented people, in spite of the feds assurance that only serious criminal offenders are the target of deportation proceedings.
Immigration detention centers also house individuals who are seeking asylum. Many of these individuals are held until they are slated to appear in immigration court. Asylum is given to thousands of people who fear for their personal safety. For immigration lawyers, asylum cases are challenging and very time consuming.
Though immigration detention centers do house criminals the majority of these individuals have committed no crimes or minor ones. A new detention center in Broward County could alleviate overpopulation in other Florida facilities. Immigration attorneys can be enlisted by individuals to obtain visas or citizenship and avoid any deportation proceedings or detention altogether.
Trial begins for a Cuban militant accused of immigration fraud and terrorist acts By: Tanya GonzalezJanuary 14th, 2011 Posted in Immigration News
EL PASO, Texas – The case of Luis Posada, a Cuban militant fighting against Castro, is in the process of selecting a jury.
Posada, 82, was arrested for lying to federal immigration officials after illegally living in the United States since 2005. He faces multiple charges, including perjury and naturalization fraud.
He was accused of falsely testifying under oath during an immigration procedure when he was asked about a series of bombings in Havana hotels in 1997.
In addition to being accused of the hotel bombings, Posada has also been accused by both Cuban and Venezuelan governments of spearheading the 1976 bombing of a Cubana Airlines airplane.
Illegal immigration is a major problem plaguing the United States. With the increase of protection along U.S. borders and stricter immigration policies across various states, many aliens have already been captured and deported. Unfortunately, thousands of these immigrants were criminal offenders, having been involved in murder, rape and drug smuggling charges.
The actions of some illegal immigrants are affecting the way immigrants, even legal ones, are viewed altogether. If you or a loved one are residing in the United States without the proper employment visas or green cards, it’s time to seek the help of an immigration lawyer.
Without legal representation, it is only a matter of time before you are deported back to your home country. If you want to stay in the U.S. and work legally, an immigration attorney can help you do so. Between the language barriers, lack of understanding for the laws in the country, among other factors, it can be hard to process all the necessary documents and make the necessary phone calls on your own.
But with the help of a skilled immigration lawyer, everything surrounding your case will be taken care of. Call today to schedule an appointment with a paralegal near you.