Over 90 percent of detention cases result in deportation

Deportation is up under the current administration.

President Donald Trump made no secret of his intention to be tough on illegal immigration. He promised his administration would crack down on illegal immigrants and thus far his promises have held true.

Since taking office, a number of immigration statistics have gone up. These are not statistics that involve naturalization or the issuance of visas. These are statistics that involve deportation and removal of immigrants from the country.

What are the most recent statistics on deportation and removal of immigrants from the United States?

A recent news release by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) provides some data on the increase in deportations and removals. The agency reports that during the first six months of President Trump's time in office total orders of removal and voluntary departures are up 30.9 percent compared to the same time period during 2016.

These numbers translate to 57,069 individuals asked to leave the United States within this relatively short time period.

The DOJ has called the current administration's handling of immigration cases a "return to the rule of law." This stern take on immigration has included the mobilization of one hundred immigration judges through President Trump's "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements" executive order. The order required these judges to go to detention facilities and review cases. Ultimately, the judges issued orders for deportation or removal from the United States for over 90 percent of these cases.

What does this mean for immigrants in the United States?

Immigrants in the United States likely have questions about how immigration laws will impact their status within this country. These questions may range from how to handle a notice for deportation or removal to how to apply for a visa or how the naturalization process works.

These questions do not have easy answers. The options that are available depend on a number of circumstances, including the age when entering the United States, the means of entering the country and the reason for the coming to the U.S. For some, the path to citizenship may require patience. Perhaps you have a Permanent Resident Card, or Green Card. In this case, you likely need to wait five years and meet other requirements to gain citizenship.

As such, it is wise for those who are asking these questions to seek legal counsel. An experienced attorney can review your situation. Your lawyer can discuss which options are available to remain within this country legally.