Foreign nationals who are unlawfully present in the United States, either because they overstayed their visas or entered illegally, are in violation of the law and are subject to deportation, also known as “removal.” Additionally, permanent residents who have been convicted of certain crimes may also be deported or removed from the U.S.
Over the past twenty years, the U.S. government has been increasing its efforts to remove foreign nationals who are unlawfully present in the United States through the passage of stricter and tougher immigration laws. Congress has also continually added to the list of crimes that make permanent residents deportable from the United States.
One of the most frightening events that can happen is when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conduct a raid at a workplace, home, or apartment, or even during a routine traffic stop, and carry your loved one off to jail. Suddenly, wives and husbands are separated, and mothers or fathers may not see their children again. If criminal charges are pending, ICE will probably issue a detainer against the foreign national, which will prevent him or her from being released on bond. Then comes the dreadful prospect of being placed in deportation proceedings. This is not something anyone should face on their own.
The process can be overwhelming and extremely frightening. Most families do not know what to do when their family member disappears and they find them in immigration detention. Oftentimes, people do not know that they have options available that will allow them to avoid deportation and remain in this country with their loved ones.
An experienced immigration lawyer can help you navigate the complex immigration court system and, where possible, find solutions that will allow your loved one to stay in this country. If a loved one has been picked up by ICE, he or she has certain rights and it may be possible to secure their release. Deportation can often be avoided, but it requires an experienced immigration lawyer who is able to find solutions and work hard on your behalf. Contact us today if someone you know is facing deportation. If there is an answer, we will find it.
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