Likelihood of Deportation Higher for Black Immigrants Convicted of Crimes

Likelihood of Deportation Higher for Black Immigrants Convicted of Crimes

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration has released a new study, whose results show that black immigrants, or those from Africa and the Caribbean, are twice as likely to face deportation as a result of a criminal conviction as other immigrants, and are three times more likely to be detained during the pendency of their cases. Furthermore, black immigrants are more likely to be charged with deportation than immigrants of other ethnicities. Although black immigrants constitute only 7% of the immigrants in the U.S., they constitute 11% of those immigrants facing deportation. The study attributes these findings in large part to the fact that African Americans in general are far more likely to be arrested, convicted, and imprisoned than their white counterparts. From the perspective of the Alliance, it is the pattern of systemic racism in the American criminal justice system that has directly led to major social and economic challenges, as well as similar problems in the U.S. immigration system. Another reason behind these high rates of black immigrants being charged with deportation may be the fact that many black immigrants tend to live in larger cities and urban areas, where policing may be more aggressive and consistent. Students involved in the Immigration Rights Clinic, along with a statistician, analyzed the rates at which black immigrants faced deportation as a result of criminal convictions. Since government data does not classify immigrants in deportation proceedings based on race, the analysis tracked immigrants based on their countries of origin. Comparing the data for different immigrant groups revealed that while 45% of immigrants overall were deported on criminal grounds, 76% of black immigrants were deported for criminal activity, as opposed to 38% of Asian immigrants, 47% of South American immigrants, and 54% of European immigrants. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. Despite the potential severity of deportation proceedings, there are many remedies that may be available to you in order to avoid deportation. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you determine the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.
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