Immigration Lawyers Fight Presidents Deportation Plan

Immigration Attorneys who are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an organization of which our attorneys are members, are meeting in New Orleans this week to among other matters discuss how best to protect their clients from this new administration.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET: “Funding for a Massive Deportation Machine”

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 6/19/17

The Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request would dramatically increase immigration enforcement and border security funding. Most troubling, the budget would increase immigration detention by 66 percent; daily detention levels would be expanded to hold more than 51,000 people.1 The Administration also requests $300 million above current spending levels to hire an additional 500 new Border Patrol officers and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.2 The request includes $1.6 billion that would fund portions of a wasteful and operationally ineffective southern border wall.3 It also follows through on the Administration’s misguided commitment to divert Department of Justice (DOJ) law enforcement funding to be used instead to criminally prosecute individuals apprehended while crossing the border, many of whom come here seeking asylum and pose no danger to public safety.

The Administration’s funding increase will enable it to deport thousands of families and people who have strong ties to the United States and pose no threat to public safety. Already, in the first 100 days of the new Administration, immigration arrests by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations have shown an increase of 157 percent in the arrests of individuals with no criminal convictions.5 In other words, the Trump Administration is increasing apprehensions of undocumented people whom the vast majority—9 out of 10—Americans believe should be granted permanent legal status.6 Funding a mass deportation machine is not what Americans want and is not going to strengthen our nation.

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