Changes in Illegal Immigration Trends
Christopher Stender, an immigration attorney in San Diego, California, has contributed to his profession by prompting many Court of Appeals and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions. Immigration attorney Christopher Stender also stands out as former vice president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Arizona chapter.
Near the end of 2014, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released statistics reporting that it removed approximately 315,000 foreign nationals over the course of the fiscal year. This number indicated a decrease of 45,000 individuals as compared to 2013 totals and close to 100,000 fewer than the number removed in 2012. In addition, the number of immigrants deported from the interior, rater than the border, stands at its lowest since before the period of increased immigration enforcement under former president George W. Bush.
The sharp drop in deportation is largely a result of President Barack Obama, who has expressed sentiments that he had been deporting too many individuals who had been raising families and contributing to their communities. He has instead urged deportation officials to focus on foreign nationals with criminal records as well as those who have newly arrived illegally.
The Department of Homeland Security has said that the decrease in deportations also stems in part from an increase in illegal entry by individuals from Central America. The time and resources required for deportation of individuals who are from Central America, as compared to those from Mexico, is far greater.