Written by Edward Lai

Unauthorized Immigrants with Criminal Convictions are Priority for Removal

The first few days of the new Trump administration will be critical when it comes to implementing his plans for unauthorized immigrants in the United States. According to most experts the unauthorized immigrants who have criminal records both abroad and in the US will be among the first to be deported.

During a recent interview with 60 Minutes, then President-elect Trump stated that his pledge to deport unauthorized immigrants has not faltered from the stance he took during his presidential campaign. According to Trump there will be at least 2 million unauthorized immigrants that can be deported due to criminal records alone.

The numbers that Trump is using do have actually basis to them, as of the most recent information provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This information, which was last made public in 2015, states that 820,000 of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently living in US currently have criminal records.

What makes it more disturbing is that an estimated 390,000 of these immigrants hold criminal records that can be considered serious. This means that the charge of the felony conviction resulted in a jail sentence of more than 90 days. Considering that the last numbers given by the DHS were in 2015, it is safe to say that these numbers have grown considerably.

While many in the Republican Party agree that the removal of these particular immigrants should be a priority for the young Trump administration, there are still others who fear the ramifications that such a campaign will bring.

Firstly, all the accused unauthorized immigrants will have the right to at least a court hearing about their case. This could lead up to another 2 million or so court cases which will slow down the already backed up court system.

According to the latest numbers given by the Department of Justice, the Immigration courts already have a backlog of approximately 520,000 cases and the average wait time for an immigration case is about 675 days. The almost 2-year wait for the unauthorized immigrant to even start the deportation process is normally too long and many fall through the cracks in the system.

A new president means new laws and revisions. If you or someone you know is in need of an immigration lawyer, then the law offices of Edward Lai Law can help.

For a consultation feel free to call the law offices of Edward Lai Law at 510-397-8287.

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