Understanding Your Rights If You Are Under Threat of Removal
Whether you are a lawful permanent resident, visa holder, or a non-citizen, you may live under the fear that you could face deportation. The threat of removal from the country can cause overwhelming stress and uncertainty. However, it is essential to know that regardless of your status, you do have rights. The best way to protect your rights and defend against deportation is by hiring an experienced attorney.
At Cynthia R. Lopez P.C., we provide dedicated representation for immigration issues, including deportation defense. Our citizenship lawyers can help you understand your rights and fight to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your case. Whether you or your loved one is facing deportation, we may be able to help. Contact us online at (915) 996-9070 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
When Can I Face Deportation?
There are several reasons someone may face the threat of removal or deportation from the United States. Regardless of the circumstances, you should consult with a citizenship lawyer as early as possible.
Reasons for potential deportation include but are not limited to:
- Conviction of a crime (i.e., an aggravated felony, drug crime, firearm offense, domestic violence, or crime involving moral turpitude)
- Marriage fraud
- Entering the U.S. unlawfully or by means of fraud
- Helping others enter the U.S. unlawfully
- Failing to maintain the required status
- Engaging in fraud to obtain a job or government benefit
- Failing to submit a change of address
These are only a few examples of the many reasons why a person could face deportation from the U.S. Others are enumerated under the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 USC 1227). If you are at risk of being deported, you need to speak with a citizenship lawyer. If you are a non-citizen or entered the U.S. illegally, you could face an expedited removal and be deported in as little as 24 hours.
How Many People Are Deported Each Year?
Each year, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removes tens of thousands of people from the country. Some years the number of people deported exceeds 100,000.
Are There Any Defenses to Deportation?
There are a number of defenses that arise in deportation or removal cases. In many cases, you have the right to a hearing. You will likely receive a “Notice to Appear.” It is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as you receive this letter or any other indication that you are under threat of removal.
A citizenship lawyer can help you file for an adjustment of status, asylum request, or other legal documents to help prevent your deportation. However, it is important to act quickly. In some cases, you may only have a limited amount of time to file a petition to prevent your removal from the country.
Do I Need a Citizenship Lawyer?
Studies show that less than 20% of immigrants had an attorney representing them on their immigration matters when a removal order was issued. The vast majority of immigrants were unrepresented, facing deportation on their own. An attorney can help you understand your rights and may be able to help prevent removal.
Without the help of a lawyer, you could face swift deportation. Immigration cases are challenging to win without legal representation. If you want to remain in the United States, you need to consult with a lawyer to determine your legal options.
Facing Deportation in El Paso, TX? Contact Our Office.
Are you or a loved one facing deportation in El Paso, TX? Contact us online at (915) 996-9070 to arrange a free, confidential consultation. Our citizenship lawyers will help defend your rights and determine the best course of action. Do not wait. Get the knowledgeable representation you need and deserve. Call our office today to get started.