People concerned with the plight of immigrants in Illinois and across the nation are concerned with the new zealousness shown by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to execute deportation orders. Large-scale deportation operations for ICE were non-existent for several months in 2020. However, the agency apprehended more than 2,000 immigrants from their homes, places of work and other locations over a two-month period that began in July.
Los Angeles tops the list of cities with the largest number of arrests resulting from the current ICE deportation enforcement effort with 300. Cities like Chicago, New York, Phoenix and Atlanta also experienced raids.
Slowing the flow of immigrants into the United States has been a top concern of President Trump. His administration has resulted in the blocking of asylum-seekers as well as 300 miles of wall construction along the country’s southern border. The president recently reiterated his promises to make it harder for people who arrived in the country without authorization to remain. Critics of the president say he is using the issue to score political points as he seeks reelection to the White House while supporters say that the president is protecting job opportunities and other interests of U.S. citizens.
It’s estimated that more than 10 million people currently reside within the United States without the proper paperwork. About 75% of Americans say that they are in favor of these immigrants benefiting from a path to legal citizenship.
Understanding the ins and outs of the regulations that govern American immigration policy can become troublesome for immigrant families. This problem is made worse by the constant political struggles surrounding these policies. Individuals with questions regarding the path to residency or citizenship in the United States may benefit from a conversation with an immigration attorney.