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May 18, 2021

Data: Only A Fraction Of Deportation Cases For 2021 In Charlotte Due To Criminal Charges
By Laura Brache

Criminal charges were the basis of only six of the roughly 1,500 deportation cases filed in Charlotte through April, according to a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The bulk of the nearly 1,550 deportations are based on people illegally entering the country. Thatís not surprising, says Sharon Dove, who heads the Immigrant Justice Program at Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. "They're just being removed because they crossed the border without travel documentation or they crossed the border not at a port of entry and are here without inspection or parole," Dove said. The deportation statistics were similar in 2020. Only 19 of nearly 4,000 immigrants were deported because of criminal charges.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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