For non U.S. citizens, there are few greater nightmares than facing deportation. Lawful permanent residence in the United States is a privilege, not a right. That right can be taken away if you are convicted of a crime, or charged with a violation of other sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Our immigration law firm focuses exclusively on the practice of U.S. Immigration Law. That focus allows us to provide to our clients highly effective and efficient deportation defense in Dallas, TX and surrounding cities.
Our experienced Dallas Deportation Defense Attorney will protect your rights during removal proceedings.
While not a criminal process, deportation can be just as frightening as if you were facing criminal charges. Your entire future in the United States is at stake. If the situation is not handled properly, deportation may force you to leave the United States and make it very difficult to return legally in the future. Consequently, deportation requires immigration authorities to provide strict proof that you meet the requirements for removal. An experienced deportation defense lawyer can hold immigration authorities accountable for any weaknesses in the case against you and determine if you qualify for any exceptions that could keep you in the United States.
Understanding Some Reasons for Deportation
One of the most common reasons a person can be deported is for entering the country without inspection in the first place. This can include entering without inspection, such as by surreptitiously crossing a border. It can also include entering the U.S. using fake documents. Even if you did enter the United States legally with a valid visa, you may become deportable if you violate the terms of that visa. Last, a person otherwise in the country legally can become deportable if convicted of certain crimes.
Know Your Rights: Resisting Deportation
Deportation proceedings can be lengthy but the government has the burden of showing that you are indeed deportable. Nevertheless, basing your defense solely on the government’s inability to meet this burden is rarely a sound strategy. Our Dallas-based deportation defense lawyer can represent you at the deportation proceeding and, if necessary, appeal your case to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Fifth Circuit U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. An experienced deportation defense attorney can also investigate the availability of affirmative defenses, such as exceptional hardship to a family member or may attempt to convince the Justice Department to exercise its discretion to withhold deportation. This discretion may also be exercised if other mitigating factors exist.
People facing deportation proceedings can also potentially qualify for an adjustment of status if they would otherwise qualify for legal permanent residency: as a spouse or family member of a U.S. citizen, asylee or refugee, an employee or investor, a person of extraordinary ability, or through human rights programs (U visa).
Not all such means are well known, and many have numerous complex and nuanced requirements. It takes an knowledgeable immigration attorney, focused in deportation defense, to fully advise those facing deportation of the many strategies available.
Contact Our Expert Deportation Defense Lawyer if You or a Loved One is Facing Removal
At the Law Office of Yovanna Vargas our accomplished deportation defense attorney is ready to defend your rights during deportation proceedings in Dallas, TX. She also handles appeals of removal orders before the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") in U.S. district courts and circuit courts of appeals.