Year after year, many foreign nationals enter the United States with hopes and dreams of a better life but things do not always go as planned. In 2019, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested approximately 143,000 non-citizens and removed more than 267,000 – which is an increase in removals from the prior year.
The deportation process is frightening, and causes stress and uncertainty. Deportation doesn’t just affect non-citizens who are subject to this process; it is also affects your loved ones.
When Does a Deportation Case Start?
Even if you entered the United States illegally or you entered legally but violated the terms of your visa, the removal case against you does not start until the government has served you with a Notice to Appear (NTA) in immigration court. You may be served in person or by mail. The NTA is a very important document that outlines the reasons why the U.S. government is trying to remove you from the country.
As soon as you get a NTA, you should start working on defending yourself against these proceedings. Immigration violations are civil—not criminal—so you will not be provided with an attorney but the government will have one when you go to court.
Fight Your Deportation Case
The first step in improving your chances of beating the deportation case is to consult with a private immigration attorney, experienced with removal proceedings. When you reach out to us for help with a deportation case, you will meet with the attorney during the initial consultation and she will review the NTA, your entries to the United States, your immigration record, your criminal history, whether you have any United States citizen family, current conditions in your home country, how long you have been living in the United States, your community record, and whether you have any fear of returning to your home country.
Once we get all the facts surrounding you case, we will build a robust defense, customized just for you. We will give you our honest opinion on what we believe your chances are, answer all your questions and give your case the time and attention that it deserves.
Common Deportation Defense Strategies
The government’s deportation case against you is not open and shut. The government has the burden of proving that you are deportable. You have a right to challenge their claims and show that you qualify for immigration relief that, if successful, will stop the removal case.
Some of the strategies that we pursue for our clients are:
- Motions to Terminate Removal Proceedings;
- Cancellation of Removal;
- Adjustment of Status;
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA);
- Cuban Adjustment Act;
- Withholding of Removal (WOR);
- Relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT);
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA);
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS);
- Prosecutorial Discretion;
- Waivers for Criminal Offenses;
- T Visas for Victims of Human Trafficking;
- U Visas for Victims of Crimes;
- Voluntary Departure; and
- Administrative Appeals
Don’t Fight Deportation Alone
Immigration court is not the place to try and represent yourself when your future and your family’s future is at stake. Studies have shown that only 37% of immigrants go to immigration court with a lawyer. Of the 63% who went without, only 2% were able to win their cases.
Put yourself in the best position possible to stay in the United States. Contact the Fletcher Law Office for your personalized strategy session, by phone at 561-507-5772, email at [email protected] or via our contact form. We bring experience and aggressive legal representation to help you combat deportation.