The COVID-19 pandemic brought everyday life to a half in many ways. This was seen for the organization ICE, as they were forced to halt deportations and raids across the nation. While this allows many immigrants a sense of ease during this time, ICE has since resumed the arrests and deportations. Since mid-July, there have been over 2000 cases of deportation.

When discussing the recent deportations, ICE claims they are mainly geared towards those with criminal convictions who are in the country illegally. Tony Pham, the new interim director of ICE,  said in a statement, “The aliens targeted during this operation preyed on men, women and children in our communities, committing serious crimes and, at times, repeatedly hurting their victims. Through our targeted enforcement efforts, we are eliminating the threat posed by these criminals, many of whom are repeat offenders.”

ICE states that at least 85 percent of those who are being targeted by raids and experiencing deportation are serious criminal offenders. However, an analysis conducted by the New York Times suggested this is not the case and that there were more illegal immigrants who had not committed crimes being deported by ICE. While the truth of this matter is not yet clear, the situation raises many concerns for illegal immigrants looking to stay in the United States. 

If you are an undocumented immigrant facing the potential for deportation or have any questions regarding your status in the United States, please do not hesitate to reach out to our skilled New York immigration attorney to learn more about how we can provide you with assistance during this time.

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The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. Immigration is a sensitive issue, which is why you should consider a compassionate, experienced, and aggressive immigration attorney who will guide you every step of the way. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your circumstances and options.