Self-deportation has seen a dramatic rise since President Trump entered the White House.
In fact, according to a report by The Marshall Project illegal immigrants who were granted voluntary departure also known as “self-deportation,” has increased by an astounding 50% since Inauguration Day.
The report also revealed that the number of Illegal aliens in 2018 asking immigration courts to leave the country on their own accord actually doubled from the previous fiscal year, moreover applications to leave the country during that same period reached a 7-year high
The rising number of self-deportations far outpaces the 17% growth in overall U.S. immigration cases, suggesting that illegal immigrants are electing instead to leave the U.S. voluntarily rather than face government-mandated deportation.
There’s actually an upside for illegal aliens who choose to voluntarily leave the U.S. on their own. For example being held for an indefinite period of time within a detention center, dealing with a strenuous and stressful courtroom battle, with odds not in your favor, moreover illegal aliens who decide to leave on their own and back to their own country and don’t have a negative deportation on their record, are not required to wait years to apply for a U.S. visa to re-enter the country.
For a growing number of illegal aliens, the dream of entering the U.S. quickly becomes a series of insurmountable obstacles which finally becomes a reality, and self-deportation appears to be their best and only option.
Alejandra Garcia Zamarron, a 32-year-old Mexican national, had been living in the U.S. illegally for nearly 20 years until she was busted driving with an unregistered vehicle and then lied to a police officer concerning her true identity. She acknowledged that individuals like her are “tired of living in here, of dealing with ICE, dealing with guards, dealing with the injustice. … They give up.”
Adding, “They’d rather be deported than fight for their case, we’re not criminals, we just don’t have options.” Zamarron is one of those immigrants choosing to leave voluntarily rather than face the consequences of deportation.
The President views self-deportation as a win for the administration, in that he’s made immigration reform combined with national security a top priority. The White House is currently instituting new immigration guidelines that would make deporting illegal aliens receiving public benefits, at the tax payer’s expense easier.
Such benefits include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as “food stamps;” Supplemental Security Income (SSI) doled out to the elderly and disabled people; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Section 8 housing vouchers and various Medicaid benefits.
Another measure he purposed that will soon go into effect will be training Border Patrol agents to perform and decide asylum cases on the spot, which will likely speed up deportation efforts.
However, the President is fighting the immigration battle alone, without the help of Congress, who’ve decided not to work with the President in a spirit of bipartisanship concerning the growing humanitarian crisis at the border.
Overwhelmed Border Agents have seen a surge of illegal immigrates coming across the border. In April alone, Border Patrol Agents apprehended or turned away at the U.S. southern border a record number of 109,144 migrants attempting to enter the county, making this the second month in a row where the number of illegals being apprehended reached a staggering 100,000, making last month the highest in over 10-years.