Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Million Illegal Immigrants Ordered to Be Deported May Wait Years For Removal

Illegal immigrants already slated for deportation remain for years in the country before they are finally removed, government data shows.

There were more than one million illegal aliens with final orders of removal in the country as of June 2, 2018, according to data obtained through a freedom of information request from the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), an anti-mass immigration advocacy law firm.

While there are 11 million and perhaps many more illegal immigrants in the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) only arrests and deports small percentage of them—less than 260,000 people in fiscal 2018 (pdf).

This means even when a person is ordered to be deported, it would still take ICE about four years, on average to actually remove him or her from the United States.

In addition, there are more than 1.1 million people who have a pending final order, Conservative Review reported, meaning they’ve been slated for deportation but have likely appealed their case to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the immigration court system.

About two thirds of those with final or pending removal orders hail from four countries—El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

The first three countries in the Central American triangle have very much become the leading source of illegal immigration. Around one million of their citizens have been apprehended by Border Patrol, and caught trying to enter the country illegally since 2013 (pdf).


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