Six years ago, the federal government announced a new plan to increase deportations. They said that they would be focusing on criminal offenders, and they expected to see a decrease in the crime rate as a result. According to the New York Times, the plan hasn’t made a dent in the crime rate despite six years in action.

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The deportation plan has not been an effective crime-fighting tool because the definition of a “crime” varied too widely. In fact, most of those who faced deportation for criminal activity committed minor offenses like traffic infractions. Perhaps that is why the plan’s goal to reduce violent crime never became a reality.

Another problem is the plan relied on the fact that criminals may think twice when facing the threat of both criminal charges and deportation. Unfortunately, violent offenders are the least deterred by threats, and the program only succeeded at causing small reductions in minor crimes like burglary. The majority of deportees are only guilty of victimless misdemeanors.

Campos Estrada Faced Deportation Under the Plan

Federal agents first learned about Campos Estrada after police arrested him for driving without a license. After determining he was undocumented, the police handed him over to immigration officers, who detained Estrada in 2012.

Estrada, a father of five who has lived in the country for decades, represents the typical deportee; he is a Mexican male who committed a minor offense. This doesn’t seem like the target demographic outlined by the federal government six years ago.

The News Tribune reports Estrada is one of the lucky few who receive deferred action from the government. At least for the time being, he will be able to remain in the country with his children and siblings.

If you are facing deportation over a minor criminal offense, it’s easy to become discouraged. However, Estrada’s story proves there is hope.

At O’Brien Law Group, we’ve been helping our clients fight deportation for the past 14 years. If you would like to speak with a deportation attorney about your case, please call us at 502-400-7890.

400,000 Deportation Cases Pending in U.S. Courts

The more aggressive deportation program in the United States has created a problem for the court system. The Guardian explains that the backlog of deportation has grown by approximately 75,000 in the past year and now totals approximately 400,000. The backlog has led to serious delays for those facing deportation. Deportees should take the opportunity to speak with an immigration lawyer who can spend time crafting a strong defense.

If you are looking for an immigration lawyer in Louisville, call us. At O’Brien Law Group, we have experience helping our clients interact with the Immigration Service, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Immigration Courts. If you would like to schedule a consultation with an experienced deportation lawyer, please call us at 502-400-7890..

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