As many as 15,821 undocumented immigrants from Mexico have been requested to be deported from the United States by the US Department of Homeland Security within just the first half of the 2016 fiscal year, according to the Monday announcement from the Transactional Record Access Clearinghouse’s analysis center.
Undocumented Mexican immigrants received the greatest number of deportation requests by the Department of Homeland Security, with immigrants from El Salvador in second place with 14,512 deportation requests, followed by Guatemalans with 11,091 requests, Hondurans with 7764 and the Chinese with just 1830 requests. Although deportation has been requested by the DHS in these instances, that does not mean that the individuals in question were immediately sent back home, just that judicial proceedings have been initiated that could result therein.
One in every four undocumented immigrants who had deportation proceedings begun against them in the first six months of the 2016 fiscal year, which ran from October last year to March this year, were from Mexico. However this is actually a significantly lower percentage than that recorded in the 2015 fiscal year, which stood at 35 percent.
35 percent is also the percentage of deportation requests made in this fiscal year’s first six months for unaccompanied immigrant minors or women and children looking to stay in the United States, most of whom come from Central America countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. A total of 64,420 deportation proceedings have been opened so far, which is actually a slower rate than that experienced in the 2015 fiscal year.