Arrests and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are increasing in New York despite the state’s policies welcoming immigrants. ICE arrests increased by 35 percent in New York State in 2018, rising to a total of almost 3,500 in the New York region. This trend reflects an overall rise in the number of arrests by ICE across the United States, which added up to 158,581 over the course of the 2018 fiscal year. Deportations were also on the rise, increasing by 29 percent during the same time period.
Aggressive Tactics by ICE Officials
ICE and other federal agencies have shown a willingness to pursue and prosecute immigrants even if they have not been convicted of any criminal activity. Some immigration experts believe that the New York region may be a tactical target for ICE because of the sanctuary granted to immigrants in our area. This could explain the sharp increase in arrests and deportation proceedings over the past year.
The Right Legal Help for Your Case
The increased activity by ICE in New York has left many immigrants worried about their safety and security when going about their daily activities. In some cases, consulting with a New York immigration lawyer can be the best first step to resolving issues with federal authorities and finding the right solutions for legal issues involving visa overstays, deportation proceedings and other issues related to immigration. Your New York immigration lawyer can provide you with expert help in managing all these legal problems and achieving the most positive outcomes for your case.
If you need the services of a qualified New York immigration lawyer, the legal team at Oltarsh & Associates, P.C. can provide you with expert representation that can help you navigate federal regulations and to resolve your issues with ICE and other federal immigration authorities. We will work with you to determine the right approach for your specific situation. To learn more or to schedule a free initial consultation with us, give our office a call today at 212-944-9420. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and your family.