Deportation Nation

In fiscal year 2019, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested approximately 143,000 aliens and removed more than 267,000 – which is an increase in removals from the prior year.

In fiscal 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) together carried out 337,287 removals of unauthorized immigrants, a 17% increase from the previous year, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

But removals remained below the levels recorded during much of the Obama administration, including a three-year period between fiscal 2012 and 2014 when there were more than 400,000 per year.  So, the United States has seen more removals or deportation under the Obama administration than under the Trump administration.

ICE, which handles majority of deportations, said in its most recent year-end report that its removal operations have encountered several challenges, including a growing backlog of cases in the immigration courts and “judicial and legislative constraints” that make it difficult to deport minors and family members.

Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) manages a detained and non-detained docket which includes aliens in all stages of the immigration process across the country. During fiscal year 2019, ICE’s detained and non-detained dockets both reached record highs in fiscal year 2019, overwhelmingly due to the historic levels of CBP apprehensions at the Southwest Border.

In fiscal year 2019:

  • 73% of all initial book-ins to ICE custody resulted from CBP apprehensions, while overall initial book-ins to ICE custody increased 29% compared to FY 2018 and 58% compared to FY 2017.
  • ERO’s Average Daily Population in custody reached 50,165 in FY 2019, an increase of 19% compared to FY 2018. At times, ERO’s detention population exceeded 56,000.
  • ICE’s Average Length of Stay for its detained population was 34.3 days, which decreased from 39.4 days in FY 2018 and 43.7 days in FY 2017.
  • The number of aliens on ICE’s non-detained docket surpassed 3 million cases for the first time (3.2 million), up from 2.6 million cases at the end of FY 2018 and 2.4 million at the end of FY 2017.

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100 Immigration Judges at Detention Facilities

The Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today released statistics on the impact of Executive Order (EO) 13767: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, which called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to assign immigration judges to immigration detention facilities.  GailLaw is seeing immigration cases at detention facilities being streamlined or moving fast and individuals being removed through removal orders much faster than in the past.

Pursuant to the President’s Executive Order, over 100 immigration judges have been mobilized to Department of Homeland Security detention facilities across the country, including along the southern border. This mobilization includes both in-person assignments and dockets heard via video teleconferencing (VTC). Comparing the results of the surge to historical scheduling and outcome data, EOIR has projected that the mobilized immigration judges have completed approximately 2,700 more cases than expected if the immigration judges had not been detailed.

This means that completed cases by detailed immigration judges have outpaced expected home court deferrals, resulting in a positive net effect on the nationwide caseload. Also, immigration judges mobilized to surge sites completed approximately 21 percent more cases on detail than the historical, expected performance of nondetailed immigration judges at the same base locations. “EOIR is pleased with the results of the surge of immigration judges to detention facilities and the potential impact it has on the pending caseload nationwide,” said Acting Director James McHenry. “The Justice Department will continue to identify ways in which it can further improve immigration judge productivity without compromising due process.” (more…)

Fight Removal With Help From a Deportation Lawyer

If you have been notified that you are to be deported from the U.S. you may think there is no way you can avoid deportation, but that is not necessarily true. Immigration attorneys help their clients fight deportation and removal regularly. A deportation lawyer:

– Investigates the charges against you to ensure accuracy,

– Helps build your defense,

– Presents your case in front of the immigration judge, and

– Helps fill out all of the necessary forms to fight deportation.

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Deportation Defense At The Law Offices Of Gail Seeram

Gail Seeram is an Orlando immigration attorney with over 17 years of experience. She focuses exclusively on immigration law and helps hundreds of clients in the U.S. every year.

Deportation does not happen right away. There is a removal process that must be followed and you will have a chance to present your side of the situation. You stand a far better chance of convincing the immigration judge to rule against deportation if you have an immigration attorney helping you!

Immigration judges must rule on the evidence they are presented with. They cannot do research for you. They cannot build a legal argument for your case. They will not know anything about your circumstances beyond what you present. These are all things that our immigration lawyer will do for you.

Attorney Seeram will research the charges against you. She will examine all possible defense option. She will present evidence and arguments in your favor to the judge.

There are many ways you might be able to remain in the U.S. with an immigration attorney’s help. You may qualify for asylum. You may qualify for a Green Card. The charges against you may be false or inaccurate and thus invalidate the deportation.

The one thing we want you to remember is that you have options and you are not alone!

If you have received notice that you are to be deported or if you have been detained by ICE, contact our Orlando immigration law office right away. We will quickly evaluate your situation and recommend a best course of action to protect you and your family.

Call 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730 to schedule a free consultation.

Individuals in Immigration Court by Their Address


A record number of legal and illegal immigrants have immigration cases pending in immigration court across the United States.  Immigration attorney Gail S. Seeram has been defending and advocating for immigrants in immigration court since 1999.  With deportations from the U.S. up 28% under the Trump Presidency, it is important for people to understand their rights once placed in removal or deportation proceedings in immigration court.

If a noncitizen is placed in removal or deportation proceedings, the biggest mistake is to opt for “expedited removal” and waiver (or give up) his/her right for a judicial hearing.  All noncitizen should choose to see an immigration judge and fight removal or deportation proceedings – our office would be willing to defend and advocate for any noncitizen’s right to remain in the United States.

Removal proceedings (or “deportation”) can be initiated against a lawful permanent resident or undocumented noncitizen (collectively referred to as “noncitizens”). Removal & deportation proceedings can be initiated when a noncitizen (including a lawful permanent resident) is seeking admission to the United States, filing an application for an immigration benefit (such as U.S. Citizenship or renewing/replacing a “green card”), serving a sentence for a criminal conviction (such as probation, community service or prison), or detained by local police for a criminal matter.

There are several grounds under the Immigration & Nationality Act that the United States government can seek removal & deportation against a noncitizen.  In general, the removal & deportation grounds include: criminal grounds, immigration violations, visa and passport fraud, alien smuggling, willful misrepresentation and false claim to U.S. citizenship, unlawful presence, illegal reentry after a prior deportation, security and foreign policy grounds, public charge and economic grounds, health related grounds, and other miscellaneous grounds.

The following are considered criminal grounds: a noncitizen’s conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude, multiple crimes involving moral turpitude, aggravated felony, firearm offenses, money laundering, and domestic violence.  Note, a conviction for a misdemeanor where there was no probation or jail time may be considered a “crime involving moral turpitude” and can result in a noncitizen being place in removal & deportation proceedings.

While in removal & deportation proceedings, the noncitizen may be released (more…)

Re-entry After Deportation is Possible Under Certain Circumstances

Re-entry After Deportation is Possible Under Certain CircumstancesYou may think that deportation is the end of your chances for a life in the United States, but re-entry after deportation is possible if you meet certain criteria.

2 Ways To Qualify For Re-Entry After Deportation

  • Timing Requirements. The first thing to keep in mind if you want to apply for re-entry after deportation is how long ago you were deported. Anyone who has been deported must wait 5, 10, or 20 years (unless the deportation is permanent) before they can apply for re-entry. How long you much wait to apply for re-entry depends on the reasons you were deported in the first place. Re-entering the country before this time period has passed could complicate your situation and make re-entry more difficult or even make your deportation permanent.

If you do not meet the timing requirements, there may still be ways for you to re-enter the U.S. legally:

  • Form I-212. Form I-212 “Permission to Reapply For Admission Into the United States After Deportation or Removal” may be submitted if you have a new or separate basis for a Visa or Green Card application. Also known as a waiver request, Form I-212 essentially requests that immigration authorities overlook the grounds for your deportation and give you a second chance. 
  • Form I-601. Form I-601 “Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility” is another type of waiver application. This form can be used by immigrants who have been deemed “inadmissible” to the U.S. for many different types of reasons and must usually be filed in conjunction with Form I-212. Form I-212 removes the removal restrictions and Form I-601 removes the grounds for removal.

Help From An Immigration Attorney Is Essential

Re-entry after deportation is a complex process and the slightest misstep could end your chances to return to the United States. It is vital to the success of your application that you get help from an experienced immigration attorney to prove to U.S. Immigration Services that you are deserving of a second chance.

As a foreign national, you will not be provided with an attorney to represent you; you must hire one yourself.

Our Orlando immigration attorney, Gail Seeram, handles re-entry and deportation cases regularly. She ensures that each applicant has all of the necessary documentation in order and helps her clients lay out the best case possible for re-entry.

If you are seeking re-entry after deportation, contact The Law Offices of Gail Seeram at 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730 to schedule a free consultation.