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Who is being deported more frequently, men or women?

Charleston residents know that immigrants are being deported at an alarming rate. However, many residents may be surprised to know the age and gender of the majority of the deportees. This data may help those fighting immigration proceedings to understand the trends with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and use the statistics to their advantage.

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, there were nearly 370,000 immigrants deported in 2013. Of this number, only 7 percent were women. The data went on the show that 76 percent of those immigrants who were deported were either in their 20's or 30's.

This data may come as a surprise to those who are familiar with seeing images of mothers being ripped away from their children as they are deported. While this is not the norm, these immigrants are deported as well. A little more than 100 children under the age of 10 were deported over the course of the last two years.

This data includes deportations of immigrants who are in the United States illegally, as well as legal immigrants who have committed a criminal act. The reason the majority of deportations are men could be so that the mothers of children are able to remain in the country to tend to their children. The problem with this is that in a lot of family immigration cases, the father tends to be the one with the income to support the family. Thus, the deportation of fathers leaves families without a financial back-up plan and struggling to survive in the country.

Immigrants who are struggling with immigration proceedings should be sure to understand all of their legal options. Experienced immigration attorneys are available to assist any individuals seeking assistance related to their citizenship or other family immigration issues.

Source: The Washington Times, "Ladies get special treatment: Few women deported from U.S." April 10, 2014

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