Saturday, November 8, 2008

Record Number of Deportations Reported

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has reported that nationwide, a total of 349,041 illegal immigrants have been deported this year. That compares to 288,663 for all of 2007. In comparison, in all of 2004, a total of 174,000 illegal aliens were deported. Roughly a third of those deported this year had criminal records. At least one report issued by the Pew Hispanic Center claims that there has been a decrease in the number of illegal aliens from 2008 to 2008. No reason for this decrease was given but it is thought that the increased enforcement of immigration laws has played a role in the decrease in the number of illegal aliens. In addition, the number of prosecutions for immigration law violations has hit a record level.

A criminal conviction can have drastic consequences for an individuals immigration status, even if someone is here legally. We are currently working on posting material on our website that discusses the possible immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. This important information will be of great interest to those charged with a criminal offense who have a green card or a Visa.

For more information about the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, visit us at or call us anytime at 1-800-228-7295.

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