Undocumented immigrants currently residing in Michigan all share the same fear. They fear they will be arrested and deported. The good news is, in the last few months, a significant shift in the number of undocumented immigrants being arrested and deported has been noted. According to a recently published report, the numbers have gone down.
In Dec. 2020, over 6,600 undocumented immigrants were arrested across the country. In March, that number dropped to just over 2,200. That is a significant difference in a short amount of time.
Why the change?
The change has to do with a shift in priorities. Earlier this year, an executive order was signed that essentially stated immigration resources were to focus on both border security, and immigrants who are a threat to public safety and national security. So, those who have been arrested in the past few months are primarily individuals who have committed serious criminal offenses. Although, it is likely that some immigrants who are not considered a real threat have also found themselves in ICE custody.
What can one do if arrested and facing deportation?
Undocumented immigrants in Michigan who are arrested and may be deported do have the right to legal counsel. They do have the right to fight to remain in the country. A removal order and date can come quickly, and once it does, there isn’t much that can be done. As soon as deportation occurs, there is a set period of time before they may re-enter the country. The sooner they seek assistance from an experienced immigration law attorney, the better.