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April 18, 2014

Court-Ordered Deportations Plunge, But This Mother Is Still Caught In The Deportation Dragnet
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Court-ordered deportations comprised about one-third of the 368,644 removals carried out in 2013. Border deportations accounted for the other two-thirds. As Dara Lind at Vox.com explained, “border” deportations can include immigrants living within 100 miles of the actual border, regardless of length of residency. Lind wrote that while those immigrants caught at the border are theoretically provided an immigration hearing, the Obama administration had increasingly deported people in the “border zone” through a process known as “expedited removal.” It is unclear from the DOJ data how many court-ordered deportations were a result of these border apprehensions. Although the DOJ report shows that President Obama has slowed down the court-ordered deportation rate, he is on track to deporting more immigrants overall than any other president. The DOJ data doesn’t go into specific charges, but the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found that since 2008, the most serious charge for nearly half all deportees was for an immigration or traffic violation.

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