For immigrants who are living within the United States, there are few things more terrifying than the thought of deportation. Yet the risk of deportation is very real in fiscal year 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that officers removed more than 267,000 illegal aliens.
Possible Defenses to Deportation
If you are undocumented and are facing deportation, your first step should be to retain the counsel of an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you to understand the various defenses to deportation available to you. Depending on your case, some potential defenses to deportation include:
- Relief from removal: If you are requesting relief from removal, you are claiming that you have some sort of status that should be recognized and that should prevent deportation. For example, you may seek relief from removal based on your status as a person seeking asylum, or because you are protected by a federal law, such as a law pertaining to torture or violence against women. You could also tell ICE that you will leave the country voluntarily, which would protect you from a forced removal and a mark on your immigration record.
- You’re not deportable: Another defense to deportation that is very effective if accurate is claiming that you are not eligible for removal/you’re not deportable. It is very possible for ICE to make mistakes–you may be able to prove that you have some sort of legal status that allows you to stay within the United States, that they have arrested the wrong person, and that you contest the charges of removability placed against you.
- Motions to terminate or suppress: One of the key reasons to work with an attorney is because an attorney will know when it is appropriate to file a motion to terminate or suppress your case. For example, a motion to terminate may be brought if the charges against you are simply not correct, and a motion to suppress may be brought if your rights have been breached during the process.
At the very least, an attorney can file a stay of removal on your behalf, which is a temporary postponement of an order of removal. Call our law firm today to learn more.
Why Work with Illinois Immigration Law Group
At the Illinois Immigration Law Group, our experienced immigration attorneys know how much is on the line when you or a loved one is facing deportation. When you call our lawyers, we’ll do everything we can to defend you against deportation and removal charges and protect your rights.
If you are facing deportation, please don’t hesitate to call our lawyers directly for your free consultation. We can start working on your case immediately and will take rapid action to protect you. Reach us by phone or online to get started.