En EspaƱol Get Your Free Case Review Today! Main Menu
713-587-9668
In Houston
800-580-9121
Toll Free

The Message- If You Are an Undocumented Alien, Don't Break the Law.

Photo of Benny Agosto

In the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2010, the U.S. deported nearly 393,000 people, half of whom were considered criminals. Of those classified as criminals, 27,635 had been arrested for drunk driving. This is more than double the number deported in 2008 for drunk driving, which was the last full year of the Bush administration. An additional 13,028 people were deported after being arrested for less serious traffic violations.

Most of the criminals deported last year had committed a drug related crime, which encompasses the manufacture, distribution, possession or sale of drugs. Drunk driving was the third highest category for deportation. But what has some worried is the rise in deportations arising from traffic violations, mainly because traffic stops are conducted by state and local law enforcement. The new programs being put in place by certain states encourage local law enforcement to become involved in immigration enforcement.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano notes that most people in the United States are arrested for misdemeanor offenses, but she assures that the percentage of felons deported will change over time. The most serious criminal offenders are still in prison and won't be reflected in the numbers until they are able to be removed.

Illegal immigrants caught at traffic stops are often pressured into signing agreements that they will leave the country or to acknowledge responsibility for the traffic offense. They then end up in the statistics as criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement categorizes each deported immigrant in its statistics based on the worst crime on that person's record. They say the numbers reflect only those convicted of a crime.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Today
And Get Your Free Case Review

Logo: Texas Best Lawyers Logo: Texas Super Lawyers - Texas Bar College Logo: Lead Counsel Rated Logo: Houston's Top Lawyers Logo: American Trial Lawyers Association
Logo: Abraham Watkins Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers Award Badge Logo: American Board of Trial Advocates - Million Dollar Advocates Forum Logo: The Best Lawyers in America

As Seen On:

Logo: CNN Logo: Houston Chronicle Logo: Houston Public Media Logo: ABC 13 Logo: USA Today Logo: KHOU 11 Logo: KPRC 2 Logo: Fox 26 Logo: Telemundo Logo: Univision