Detention of Undocumented Mexican Immigrants Increases Over Past Year

Detention of Undocumented Mexican Immigrants Increases Over Past Year

Recent studies show that U.S. immigration authorities detain undocumented Mexican immigrants at a much higher rate than immigrants from any other country. In fact, 75% of Mexicans who are facing deportation for non-criminal reasons are placed in detention facilities, whereas only 39% of immigrants of other nationalities are similarly detained. The highest numbers of detained immigrants from any one country after Mexico are 61% for Guatemalans and 57% for Ecuadorians. The data used in this study spanned from 2003 to 2014, and the percentage of Mexicans detained only increased over time. These figures directly conflict with ICE written policy, which instructs officers to place a priority on detaining undocumented immigrants who are a threat to public safety or national security or imminent flight risks. If the immigrants are not dangerous and not flight risks, then ICE officers have the discretion to release them on bond. However, at least with respect to the vast majority of undocumented Mexican immigrants, officers do not seem to adhere to ICE policy. However, the authors of the report cited above also point out that Mexicans may be disproportionately detained by ICE simply due to their proximity to American borders. Officers may assume that those Mexicans who are caught illegally crossing the border have no family members in the United States, and thus are likely to be deported to Mexico. Immigrants from other countries, however, are not as likely to illegally cross the border; rather, they tend to overstay their visas while already in the United States. When you or a loved one is facing deportation, you face the potential for a family separated by international borders, an inability to reunite, and the loss of the place that you may have called home for many years. The possibility of deportation can be terrifying, particularly if you must return to a country where violence, crime, and poverty are widespread, and one in which you may no longer have family and friends. Our goal is to avoid that possibility at all costs by developing a strong case on your behalf to defend you against deportation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., today at (510) 756-4468, or contact us online in order to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and experienced deportation defense attorneys. The sooner you contact us, the better we can represent your interests in your deportation case.
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