The data was collected and published by the Marshall Project on Tuesday
President Donald Trump ’s administration efforts to “return” order on the southern border have seen a massive increase in the self-deportation of illegal immigrants, according to the Department of Justice.
The figures, which was collected and published by the Marshall Project on Tuesday, revealed that “voluntary departures” under the Trump administration is now at a seven-year high, with 29,818 applications filed year.
Applications for voluntary departures increased by 50% and then doubled in 2018.
The Department of Justice hailed the data as a “ return to the rule of law.”
Brendan Raedy, the U.S. Immigration, and Customs Enforcement spokesman said the self-deportation comes with some benefit.
“In addition, voluntary departure generally provides far more time to make necessary arrangements than for those who are ordered removed,” Raedy said.
Guidelines issued by The Department of Justice on who is allowed to self-deport included the person must be of “good moral character.”
“A grant of voluntary departure allows removable aliens to leave the U.S. within a prescribed timeframe at their own expense.
The voluntary departure also allows removable aliens to avoid some of the consequences of a removal order.
For example, someone who voluntarily departs is not automatically barred from legally returning to the U.S. at a later date,” the department’s guidelines state.
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Mitt Romney said in the 2012 presidential election campaign that “self-deportation” would be a more efficient way of curbing illegal immigration rather than to “round people up.”
Last year, President Donald Trump’s strict immigration policies began stemming the influx of Central American migrants chose to stay in Mexico rather than seek asylum in the US.
Since the Trump administration made border security a priority, the White House implemented a ‘zero tolerance’ on immigration enforcement, which persecuted anyone attempting to enter the U.S illegally.
“Trump has created a policy of being unwelcome,” Hiram Villarreal of Casa de Refugiados said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also clarified the conditions to qualify for asylum:
“An alien may suffer threats and violence in a foreign country for any number of reasons relating to her social, economic, family, or other personal circumstances,” Sessions wrote last year.