ICE ARRESTS ARE UP NATIONWIDE
There has been a marked increase in arrests nationwide of people who are accused of being illegal immigrants and/or persons who have a criminal record who have not completed their immigration processes in the United States. In South Carolina, as in other southern states, more border control agents and other law enforcement personnel have been added to the various departments that make up ICE, aka, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The international community has been troubled by the increase in arrests while the law enforcement community has been encouraged by it. Here is the current breakdown of the arrest effort by the numbers:
- Arrests are up 37,6% in 2017 compared to this time last year in 2016
- More than 41,000 people have been arrested since the President signed a two executive orders which gave broader power to ICE
- According to a report by ICE, over 75% of the people arrested so far in 2017 had a criminal record, with more than 2,700 convictions for violent crimes
- ICE will continue to make arrests, detain and deport people as they gain an increased budget and hire more enforcement personnel
In South Carolina, agents have been given the authority to make arrests in public places including courthouses and job sites of public works projects. The people who are detained are first transported to the local jail and a “hold” is placed on their casefile which indicates that the person is beig held for pickup by ICE. The hold prevents the accused person from getting a bond to get released from jail. The majority of those arrested can be detained until transported to a holding facility in Charlotte, North Carolina or Atlanta, Georgia for processing. The person is entitled to a removal hearing at the detention facility and if determined to be living illegally in the United States, can then be ordered to be immediately deported back to their country of origin by an immigration judge.
In the event that you, a friend or family member has been detained by the police on the suspicion of being in the United States illegally, there are steps that you can take to secure your freedom. The attorneys at our office have are skilled at handling immigration detention hearings and appeals and we can quickly respond to your case. We invite you to call us for a free consultation to learn what you can do in this situation. We may be reached at 864-298-8111 or 864-810-0384. In the event of a possible deportation time is not on your side, call right away if you need our help.