Atlanta, GA – With elections just around the corner and faced with the public outcry over the crisis at the southern border, the White House is reportedly putting pressure on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport more illegal immigrants. However, it seems that so far the Department of Homeland Security is reluctant to take a more aggressive stance.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that White House officials have been pushing the ICE to step up their game and deport more illegal immigrants under a “detained docket” that focuses on those who have recently crossed as part of a family unit.
According to the newspaper, around 60,000 people have entered the docket since it was launched in May 2021, but just 150 have been deported through July.
A White House spokesperson did not directly address the allegations in the LA Times report, but said the administration was “committed to enforcing our immigration laws in a safe, orderly, and humane way.”
“This includes working to process asylum claims expeditiously, granting relief where it is merited, and removing those found not to have a legal basis to remain in the United States,” the spokesperson added.
However, off the record, a senior official revealed the administration’s real position on immigration.
“They want the deterrent factor. They want removals,” said an unnamed source quoted by LA Times.
The southern border crisis in numbers
According to estimates, since the beginning of the year, around 200,000 migrants have crossed into the US each month. For this fiscal year alone, the total number of migrant encounters tops 2 million.
In FY 2021, ICE arrested 74,082 non-citizens and deported 59,011 — down from 103,603 arrests and 185,884 removals in FY 2020 and 143,099 arrests and 267,258 deportations in FY 2019.
The human drama
DHS officials are unwilling to increase deportations as they fear this would unleash a torrent of critics and they may even face political blow-back after the elections, according to an internal document obtained by the outlet.
“Picking up a kicking and screaming child while mom and/or dad are restrained and ushered to the transport vehicle will not improve public perception of ICE or views around immigration enforcement,” the document said.
After famously reversing Trump’s harsh stance on illegal immigration, the current administration has focused on restoring legal asylum pathways. The ICE agents were instructed to deport only recent border crossers, public safety threats, and national security threats.
How can you obtain asylum in the US?
If you’ve made your way to Georgia and want to apply for asylum, you need to speak with an experienced Atlanta immigration attorney. Keep in mind that, according to the law, you must apply for asylum within one year of entering US territory. Your lawyers will have to prove that you risk being persecuted if you are sent back to your country of origin.
If you were arrested by the ICE, it is not too late to apply for asylum, but you will have to talk to a seasoned deportation lawyer real quick as your hearing may be only a few weeks away.
If you want to apply for asylum in Georgia or you fear someone you love may be deported, talk to an experienced immigration lawyer at Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC in Atlanta.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350
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