The Obama administration has announced that they will no
longer drop off deported immigrants at the border where they can be victimized
by drug traffickers, and will instead repatriate them to their home states.
On Monday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano told reporters in Mexico City that the U.S. would pay to
deport immigrants by airplane to Mexico. The Mexican government would then make
arrangements to have the migrants returned to their native cities, according to
Fox Latino News.
The program will begin in April.
The current administration has deported record numbers of
undocumented immigrants who have not been able to establish a legal presence through the assistance of an immigration attorney. This new way of repatriation will relieve
some of the burden placed on Border Patrol and other agencies working on the
This will be safer for the immigrants who are often
intercepted and forcibly recruited by drug cartels on their journey north to
the states or on their return trips, according to Fox News.
There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants
from Mexico in the U.S. and they all face the prospect of deportation. Getting
the necessary legal residency with the help of an immigration lawyer can help them avoid deportation, but the system
is complicated and is in dire need of reform. Until there is comprehensive
reform, immigration attorneys can
offer migrants the chance of becoming legally recognized.