Jeanin Alvarado

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Every year, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removes thousands of immigrants from the United States. In the fiscal year between October 2021 and September 2022, ICE executed the removal of 72,117 noncitizens, which is a 22% increase from the previous fiscal year. Of those removals, 44,096 noncitizens had criminal convictions or pending charges. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as of January 2022, an estimated 12.9 million lawful permanent residents (LPRs) live in the United States. About 970,000 of these LPRs obtained status before 1980, while the remaining 11.9 million obtained status after 1980. This entire population of LPRs is at risk for removal, even those who became LPRs and lived in the United States before 1980. The removal process, more commonly known as deportation, applies to any non-citizen currently within the U.S. regardless of lawful admission or status. While LPRs are granted lawful residency, this does not make them citizens, and as a result, they do not have the same legal protections, liberties, and privileges as citizens, making them vulnerable to deportation.