Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2017 - Immigration enforcement, including deportations, is not a new process. Previous administrations and the current Trump administration had the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implement immigration laws that help enhance public safety and border security.
Interestingly, the issue with deportation, aside from the human rights violations, is not solely the act of removing an illegal individual from the United States the instant they are apprehended. If an illegal immigrant is given a bond hearing but does not make bond because they do not have the funds to do so, the United States keeps them detained. It takes a long time, sometimes years due to attorneys filing appeals, to get a bond hearing and while the detainees are waiting, U.S. taxpayers are paying the medical bills, food costs, housing and ICE agents' salaries.
Often the outcome of the bond hearing is deportation, and the deported individuals come right back to the United States in search of jobs. Many illegal immigrants frequently return to the United States to work in physical labor in the fields on a seasonal basis for low pay.
There are approximately 5,000 ICE officers deployed in the 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. Their mandate is to enforce the law against the 11 to 13 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States, and those who may still be arriving. The new administration is proposing to triple the number of ICE officers to 15,000.
A possible solution may be a new comprehensive immigration policy
Introducing a comprehensive immigration plan that would make available jobs in the agricultural sector, for example, for workers with guest worker status would be a possible solution. Workers would be allowed into the United States on a worker program that would permit them to purchase insurance. The workers would return to their country of origin at the end of their contract.
However, as reported by CNN, a comprehensive immigration plan or even immigration reform might not make any progress this year. The Trump administration is only focused on building a wall between the United States and Mexico border. A Senate aide said that the Democratic party will not get on board with a bill that does not offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
A time may come to re-examine the issue of immigration reform and take human welfare into account as well as the viability of a nation’s populace.
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