Deportation (also called "removal") occurs when the federal government formally removes an alien from the United States for violations of a number
When an individual is deported, they are essentially being forced to leave against their will. They do not have a choice as to whether they can remain in the country.
Indonesian Living in NJ Church Avoid Deportation
Timisela, who has been ordered deported from the United States, has been given sanctuary by The Reformed Church of Highland Park.
hoping that federal legislation sponsored by New York and New Jersey lawmakers will give him the chance to reapply for asylum.
"We're here (to) have a good life. We came to the U.S. to have a better life," Timisela told a group gathered at the church for an event marking Good Friday.
22% of Deportees have children born in the USA
During the first six months of last year, the federal government deported more than 46,000 parents who claimed their children are U.S. citizens, according to a new report that has raised concerns about what happens to children after their parents are expelled.
Who gets deported?
Gerald Burns, a Chandler, Ariz., immigration lawyer who is president of the Arizona chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said he agreed the government should be deporting immigrants who have committed violent crimes, regardless of whether they have U.S.-citizen children. But he said the majority of the cases he sees in court involve parents convicted of minor crimes, including using false papers to work.
"If we had been more conscientious about deporting them earlier, then a lot of (the children) would have been born in Mexico" not the U.S., Krikorian said.
Krikorian said he considers the report a political ploy aimed at gaining support for Obama's efforts to let more illegal immigrants remain in the United States through his new deportation policy in the short term and eventually through immigration reforms that would allow illegal immigrants to gain legal status.
"He is trying to create support for his administrative amnesty where parents of U.S. kids are allowed to stay," Krikorian said.
Striking miners and others being deported at gunpoint from Lowell, Arizona, on July 12, 1917, during the Bisbee Deportation.