ICE Announces Nearly 400,000 People Deported in 2011

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on October 18, 2011 their year-end removal numbers highlighting trends that underscore the agency's focus on removing individuals from the country that frall into priority areas for enforcement. These priorites include the identification and removal of those that have broken criminal laws, threats to national security, recent border crossers, repeat violators of immigration law and immigration fugitives.

In 2011, ICE removed 386,906 individuals -- the largest number in the agency's history. Of these, nearly 55 percent or 216,698 of the people removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors -- an 89 percent increase in the removal of criminals since 2008.

The Secretary of Homeland Security has directed ICE to to focus its resources as effectively as possible on key priorites. This includes the use and frequency of investigations and programs like Secure Communities and Operations Cross Check (SCOCC) that targets immigrants with criminal convictions.

In sum, the United States is working very hard to have aliens removed from this country who have criminal convictions more so than ever. This includes convictions of crimes that were previously not considered worthy of removing a person such as a drunk driving misdemeanor.

If you are a permanent resident who has been charged with a crime it is important than ever that you realize that a conviction could jeopardize your ability to stay in the United States. It is extremely important that the attorney handling your criminal case be familiar with the consequences a conviction might have on your immigration status. Or, at the very least, that your lawyer consult with an immigration lawyer.

Please call my office for a consultation on the consequences of a conviction to your immigration status before it's too late. My office's telephone number is 616-233-9300.


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