In a bid to enhance the enforcement of federal immigration laws, the US government is deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants and auditing hundreds of businesses that recklessly hire undocumented workers.
A program known as Secure Communities uses the fingerprints of people in custody for other reasons to identify deportable immigrants. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) predicts it will “overhaul the face of immigration.” The government has expanded the system to 437 jails and prisons from 14 and aims to extend it to “every law enforcement jurisdiction” by 2013.
The Secure Communities project has identified 240,000 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures. Of those, about 30,000 have been deported, including 8,600 convicted of what the agency calls “the most egregious offenses.” However, even those who are stopped for traffic offenses and happen to have previous immigration violations are caught up in this government effort to deport “criminal” offenders. Many aliens, who have U.S. family members and have been in the U.S. for many years, find themselves in immigration custody and then removal proceedings even after their criminal matters have been resolved. Removal proceedings are initiated by immigration officials to determine whether an individual should be allowed to remain in the U.S. or be removed to their home country.
The Law Offices of David M. Kramer offers quality representation for immigrants who want to avoid the drastic consequences of removal from the United States. We provide advice, guidance and creative approaches to assist individuals in immigration court proceedings in Los Angeles.