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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jan 30, 2015

For several years now, immigration has been a major issue that we face as a country and as a border state.  The laws regarding immigration will continue to change and will continue to be a controversial issue.

Back in 2010, Arizona passed Senate Bill 1070, which has since become infamous for the controversy it caused.  On May 29th of that year, thousands of people marched to the state capital in protest of the bill.

In 2013, a record 438,421 unauthorized immigrants were deported, and 83% of those deportations were carried out without the immigrant appearing before a judge.  They occurred either through an order issued by an enforcement agent (called expedited removal) or by using a previous order of deportation (called reinstatement of final orders). This is due to a 2005 shift in policy that has increased the likelihood of being deported after apprehension.

Last November, the President addressed the nation and laid out the executive action he planned to take to fix the “broken immigration system.”  In this executive action, he prioritized deporting immigrants who have been convicted of felonies instead of working families, and requiring certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

In this year’s State of the Union Address, the President addressed immigration reform and the Dream Act, which would allow young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay, came to the forefront.  At the same time, the current administration has deported record numbers of people.

The laws and policies are in a constant state of flux, and as a border state, Arizona will remain on the front lines of the controversial issue.  If you or a member of your family is facing possible deportation of other issues pertaining to your citizenship status, you can find a lawyer through the Maricopa County Bar Referral Service.  There are attorneys who specialize in immigration law who are fighting on the front lines.