Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

ICE Reducing Immigration Court Deportations by Deporting People on their Own

Syracuse's TRAC Immigration reports that in*December 2012 there were 14,898 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filings seeking deportation orders. This is a 25% reduction from the same three month period in FY 2012. *Fiscal Year 2013 began in October. *In December 2012 Immigration Courts issued*8,262 new deportation orders, which includes removal orders and grants of voluntary departure.*

TRAC states that we still do not know how many actual deportations there were because in a significant amount of cases ICE deported people on their own bypassing immigration courts altogether. *ICE does this by reinstating previous deportation orders, issuing expedited removal orders, and by forcing people to "voluntarily return" to their native country in lieu of deportation. *Last year nearly one-third of all deportations were issued without the indivdual ever appearing before an immigration judge.

So much for due prcoess.

About The Author

Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

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