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What To Do About The Increase In Deportations

Immigration enforcement activity is increasing in certain areas. A review of numbers shows greater pressure on people at risk of deportation.

An independent nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., known as the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has presented the following definitions regarding deportation:

  • Deportation: The movement of a noncitizen out of the U.S.
  • Removal: The compulsory movement of a noncitizen out of the U.S. with a formal order
  • Return: The movement of a noncitizen out of the U.S. and withdrawal of their application for admission

MPI has assembled statistics documenting the types and numbers of deportations of noncitizens from the U.S. under the following presidential administrations:

  • The Clinton administration deported more than 12 million; nearly 870,000 were formal removals (not just returns).
  • The Bush administration deported more than 10 million; more than 2 million were formal removals.
  • The Obama administration deported more than 5 million; more than 3 million were formal removals.

How about the Trump administration? Numbers related to current deportation policy show the changes between 2016 (when Trump was elected) and 2017 (his first full year in office), according to MPI:

  • Arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were up by 42 percent.
  • ICE arrested more than 38,000 noncitizens who had no criminal records, up 146 percent from 2016 to 2017.

So What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?

If you may be at risk of deportation, do not give up before getting legal advice. Things you can do to help yourself include:

  • Understand immigration regulations.
  • Gather important documents.
  • Avoid criminal arrests or convictions. If you have been charged with a crime, work closely with a defense lawyer.
  • If you have options to adjust your status, start working on that now — not later!
  • If you decide you should leave the U.S. on your own terms, discuss voluntary departure with an immigration attorney.

Get Knowledge — Take Action — Plan For The Future — Protect Your Future

It is more important than ever to get reliable legal advice. The U.S. Law Center in Riverside County will provide you with reliable information and guidance about immigration matters and deportation defense. Many of our clients are in California or plan to come to California; some are in other states and countries. Send an email or call our Riverside County office in Corona at to arrange a free consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Our fees are competitive and we accept credit cards.