The Obama administration is deporting much more people than his predecessor. Deportations in the South have increased by more than 300 percent, and even 500 percent in some areas since fiscal year 2005, much faster than the national average. Close to 400,000 people were deported in fiscal year 2011.
In the area that covers Georgia, the deportations increase the most dramatic, from 4,129 deportations in 2005 to 22,963 in 2011, ICE data shows. In the area that includes Tennessee and Alabama, deportations increased from 3,480 in fiscal year 2005 to 15,363 in FY 2011.
Most people are being deported for minor violations or none at all (only immigration violations which are civil in nature).
This data is shocking but validates what we all see here in the Atlanta area and the immigration court in Atlanta and Stewart: more rapid deportations of people, most of whom are not represented. Having a good attorney in deportation or removal proceedings increases the chance of remaining in the U.S. by more than double. Leslie Diaz is the attorney in our office that specializes in deportation defense. http://www.visalaw.com/atlanta.html
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