At least 375 Nigerian immigrants were deported from the U.S. in 2019 through September 2020 according to data gathered by Per Second News from Immigration courts across the United States. and the latest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations.
A whopping 267,258 immigrants were deported from the U.S in fiscal year 2019.
Findings are based upon a detailed analysis of the millions of records covering each proceeding filed in the Immigration Courts. These individual case records were obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a unit within the Department of Justice in which these administrative courts are housed.
Per Second News gathered that 378 Nigerians were ordered removed by Immigration Court judges. The term “removal” is used in a generic sense and includes orders of deportation, and exclusion.
A removal order bars the individual from returning to the U.S. for a period of 10 years, or in some cases permanently.
DEPORTATION ORDERS BY IMMIGRATION JUDGE IN U.S STATES
1. Arizona – 6 Nigerians deported by an Immigration judge
2. California- 22
3. Texas – 116
4. New-Jersey – 37
5. New-York -31
6. Georgia – 31
7. Illinois- 24
8. Maryland – 26
9. Pennsylvania- 13
10. N-Carolina- 11
11. Michigan- 10
12. Ohio – 9
13. Massachusetts – 7
14. Florida – 6
15. Minnesota – 5
16. Louisiana – 4
17. Washington – 3
18. Nevada – 2
19. Virginia – 9
37 Nigerians were also handed Voluntary Departure Orders. Voluntary Orders are cases in which an Immigration Court judge sustains the charges against the individual and issues an order of voluntary departure. A so-called “voluntary departure” is when the individual is required to leave the country but is not legally barred from returning.
The Trump administration last month says it is targeting criminals, but government data suggests that many others are getting caught up in immigration sweeps.
President Trump has made curbing immigration a cornerstone of his agenda. He has blocked most asylum seekers and refugees, built 300 miles of border wall and invoked the health crisis to seal the border to nonessential travelers.
During the Republican National Convention, he reiterated his pledge to clamp down on illegal immigration, and his re-election campaign has emphasized the restrictive immigration agenda that was central to his platform in 2016.
Under the Trump administration, there has been a steady rise in immigrants detained without a serious record, according to compiled data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.
Per Second News gathered that a jump in the number of detained immigrants in 2019 was a direct result of arrests of people with no criminal records.