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.

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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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