Whether you currently face the threat of deportation or you worry that you could have to leave the U.S. in the near future, it is very important to go over your options. In addition to looking at immigration laws regarding deportation and ways that you could increase your chances of staying in the U.S., you should also review statistics on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests as well as removals.
These statistics shed light on the number of people who have to leave the U.S., as well as enforcement actions taken by ICE.
Data on ICE removals
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published data on removals, in which noncitizens have to leave the U.S. and return to their country of origin. In fiscal year 2020, the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division carried out more than 185,000 removals, reflecting a 30% decrease in comparison to fiscal year 2019.
According to this data, 92% of interior removals during fiscal year 2020 involved those facing criminal charges and those with criminal convictions.
Taking a look at ICE arrests
Over the course of fiscal year 2020, ERO carried out more than 103,000 administrative arrests and more than 4,000 criminal arrests. These arrests targeted non-citizens accused of breaking immigration laws as well as those suspected of criminal activity.
If taken into custody as an immigrant, this could affect your ability to stay in the U.S. You could feel hopeless and overwhelmed, but you need to stay focused. It is critical to prepare for your case and go over your options if you face deportation.