Orlando Deportation Lawyer
Deportation, also referred to as removal, tears families apart and shatters dreams. It is a disruptive force in the lives of all who come in contact with it, whether by means of a close family member or a friend who is facing this dreaded situation. The laws bearing on deportation are exceptionally complex and hard to manage, putting most persons facing deportation at a considerable disadvantage compared to the well-resourced government prosecutors whose aim is to remove them from the United States. Pitfalls abound at every step for those without legal acumen and experience solving tough legal problems.
But there’s hope. Dowell Law, P.A. can guide you through this difficult process, protecting and asserting your rights in immigration court. We will analyze your case and develop a strategy that is consistent with your long-term goals.
Who can be deported?
Non-U.S. citizens who are in the U.S. without documentation are not the only people whom the U.S. government deports. Many people who are here legally, including green card holders (legal permanent residents), become subject to deportation proceedings. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see someone who has spent many decades legally in the U.S. be deported. The same goes for children, some of whom were brought to the United States as infants and do not speak the language or know the culture of the country to which they are deported.
Actions that can make a person eligible for deportation are many. Generally, a person can be deported if they:
- Were inadmissible under according to immigration laws in effect at the time of entry to the U.S. or adjustment of status;
- Are present in the U.S. in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act or any other U.S. law;
- Violated their non-immigrant status or a condition of entry into the U.S.;
- Terminated their conditional permanent resident status;
- Encouraged or aided any other alien to enter the U.S. illegally;
- Engaged in marriage fraud to gain admission to the U.S.;
- Were convicted of certain criminal offenses;
- Committed fraud in attempting to enter the U.S.;
- Engaged in any activity that endangers public safety or creates a risk of national security; or
- Unlawfully voted
Being out of status, such as by overstaying a nonimmigrant visa (such as a tourist or student visa), and committing certain criminal acts (sometimes very minor ones) are two of the more common reasons persons are subjected to deportation from the United States.
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What are some defenses to deportation?
Sometimes the immigration authorities mistakenly apply the law to a person’s situation, allowing the person to successfully argue that they simply are not deportable. Additionally, even when a person is eligible for deportation according to U.S. immigration law, they can sometimes avoid by employing one of several tactics or defenses. Some of the more common ones are listed below.
- Cancellation of Removal
- Withholding of Removal
- Convention Against Torture Relief
- Adjustment of Status
- Voluntary Departure