According to reports, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement recently arrested over 3,100 people who did not have proper authority to be in the United States in a nationwide six-day sweep. ICE reported that of the 3,100 detained in the deportation sweep, 2,834 were convicted criminals. The operation covered all 50 states.
Currently, there are believed to be over 11 million immigrants who are not properly documented living in the states. It appears that this recent sweep, called "Cross Check," targeted illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, which is in line the new guidelines adopted by ICE last summer.
The director of ICE said that the current administration has been setting records every year for deportation statistics. In 2011, ICE deported over 400,000 immigrants that were not properly documented. The director said that this year, they are focusing on "dangerous illegal immigrants," rather than those who may be here illegally, but are law-abiding.
ICE, which has been accused of refusing to take a stand against illegal immigration from one side of the political spectrum and targeting families and low-priority cases from the other side of the political spectrum, said that it is enforcing the current laws and low-priority cases or families are not being targeted.
A deportation or a removal proceeding can be extremely stressful and confusing. However, it is possible to beat the charges with the right defense. Every person has the right to a removal hearing before being deported from the country. This hearing is your opportunity to show that you should be allowed to stay in the country.
Source: USA Today, "3,100 arrested in 6-day immigration sweep," Alan Gomez, April 2, 2012