L.A. Times Estimates Eight Million People Could Be Deported

L.A. Times Estimates Eight Million People Could Be Deported

Through a series of executive orders issued during his first week in office, Trump effectively removed most of the limitations on who should and could be deported. Under the Obama administration, only about 1.4 million immigrants were considered priorities for removal, including recently arrived immigrants, repeat violators of immigration laws, and immigrants with substantial criminal histories. In fact, the Los Angeles Times estimates that up to eight million immigrants living in the United States with no legal status could be priorities for removal under the Trump administration. While the changes do prioritize criminals, as promised by Trump during his campaign, they also allow immigration officials to detain just about anybody who crossed the border illegally. The new rules also target far more than individuals from the countries listed in Trump’s first travel ban; in reality, less than one million people came to the U.S. over the last decade from the seven countries named in the travel ban. Not only has Trump ordered the deportation of convicted criminals, but he has ordered the deportation of individuals who are believed to have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense, even if they were never even charged with a crime. This group theoretically could consist of six million immigrants who entered the U.S. without passing through an official border crossing. However, this group also could include the remainder of the 11.1 million immigrants living in the country illegally, most of whom entered the country on a valid visa and then failed to depart when their visas expired. Of this population, there are about eight million immigrants who hold jobs. But since the majority of these immigrants lied on federal employment forms about their legal ability to work, they technically are subject to removal under the Trump regime, as well. These are only a few examples of the massive categories of immigrants whom immigration officials now can prioritize for removal. With huge numbers of immigrants potentially facing removal, it is essential that you know your rights and protect yourself from the deportation process. No matter what type of relief from deportation you are seeking, we are here to build a defense and advocate on your behalf so that you can get the relief that you deserve. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are devoted to representing the interests of those clients who are charged with deportation by immigration authorities. Our sole focus is to free you from detention, if necessary, and ultimately enable you to legally remain in your American home with your family. With the many forms of relief that may be available to you, we will help you determine which form of relief is most appropriate and most likely to be successful in your case. Contact our experienced California deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can assist you with your immigration case.
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