Mounting A Defense Against Deportation
For anyone in the U.S. without legal authorization, there is the constant fear of deportation or removal. While often referred to as “deportation,” the process is technically known as “removal.” This is an administrative proceeding carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and an immigration court.
These proceedings, like much of immigration law, are complex and technical in nature. A noncitizen will receive a Notice to Appear (NTA) which details the proceedings, the grounds for removal and the consequence of a failure to appear at a hearing.
The immigration courts are administrative courts that are part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). You are allowed an attorney at these hearings and because of the complex nature of the defenses to removal; it is advisable to have an attorney present.
If you face criminal charges, it is imperative that you have representation by a lawyer who understands the potential effect such charges may have on your immigration matter. Attorneys Collins and Martin are well qualified to work with you during these deportation/removal proceedings.
We will explain the grounds for removal and possible defenses to the removal, and represent you during the hearings. You may have viable defenses to the removal, including:
- Marriage/adjustment of status in process
- Cancellation of removal
- Waiver – criminal and noncriminal
- Error by DHS
There are others, and we will examine the facts of your situation to fully develop any potential defense. The importance of an experienced immigration attorney during this process cannot be overstated. Immigration law is intricate. You want your attorney to have a depth of understanding of this area of law that only comes with working with hundreds of clients for decades.