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2016 Statistics on DHS Immigration Enforcement

2016 Statistics on DHS Immigration Enforcement

As immigration advocates look back at the last eight years of immigration policy and actions by the Obama administration, the numbers show that former President Obama deported more immigrants during his tenure than any other president in U.S. history. The total number of removals between FY 2009 and FY 2016 exceeded 2.7 million. In FY 2016 alone, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apprehended a total of 530,250 individuals and removed or returned 450,954. On the other hand, Customs and Border Protection apprehended a total of 415,816 individuals in FY 2016, which was a 23% increase over FY 2015. Despite this marked increase over the prior year, however, the number of those individuals who attempted to cross a border or arrived at a port of entry. In fact, the number of border-crossers is at a historically low level that the United States has not experienced since the early 1970s. Furthermore, the demographics of border-crossers have changed dramatically over the past 15 years. Previously, this group has consisted primarily of Mexicans and single adults. Now, this group includes more families and unaccompanied children, and in recent years, the number of Central Americans has exceeded the number of Mexicans. Many of these individuals also are potential asylees, as opposed to those seeking economic gain. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed just over 65,000 individuals in the interior part of the country, rather than at the borders. This, too, is a decrease from FY 2014, where ICE removed over 102,000 individuals from the country’s interior. The likely reason for this decrease is shifting immigration enforcement policies toward criminals and away from those who are law-abiding citizens who are contributing to the good of the country. Individuals who believe that they have a valid defense to deportation need an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist you through the often complex process of fighting deportation charges. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know how to stand up for the rights of those who are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Call us today at (510) 756-4468 and schedule an appointment with our team, and learn what our deportation defense lawyers can do to represent your interests.

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