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Deportation Archives

How Do I Stop Deportation If I am Picked Up By Immigration? | I-246 Stay

Especially in light of President Trump's impending announcement on the fate of DACA, many people without status often ask what can they do in the worst-case scenario. Recent statistics bear out the reality that people are not being paranoid: according to some reports, ICE arrests have skyrocketed more than 30%, with no signs of abating.

What Happens If I Sneak Back Into the US After Being Deported? | I-871 Reinstatement

In general, most undocumented and illegal aliens apprehended inside the United States are entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge under section 240 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. However, this is not always the case. In some circumstances, a person who is caught by Immigration and Customs Enforcement may not be afforded an opportunity as procedural matter to see a judge, unless the individual is able to assert some sort of legal claim. It is critical to understand this because in many cases, a person will need to appreciate the risks of a certain course of action to remedy his/her status. For example, many people are not aware of or understand the doctrine of reinstatement. The regulations pertaining to reinstatement of removal orders can be found in Section 241(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under the statute:

I-9 Job Form Can Implicate False Claim to US Citizenship Bar | Deportation

USCIS recently released a new version of Form I-9 (edition date 7/17/17). The I-9 is a form used by employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of anybody hired for employment, whether a US Citizen or not. The form is comprised of two parts: one which must be completed by the employee in which he or she attests to his/her employment authorization; and one by the employer who has certified that a review of certain documents pertaining to identity and work eligibility was conducted.

Can I be Deported for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in NJ | Hit and Run

As this blog has increasingly stressed, the immigration consequences of traffic violations in municipal court for foreign nationals should not be underestimated, especially during the Trump Administration. While most routine moving violations under Title 39 do not generally trigger deportability, there are some more serious infractions that carry what the courts call a "consequence of magnitude"-meaning, to put it bluntly, substantial fines and the risk of imprisonment. Anytime a non-US citizen is exposed to jail, it would be prudent to have the charge evaluated by an immigration attorney. While the internet is a wonderful source of information, there is a lot of outdated information out there, and the reality is that we are living in a new age with new rules. What was true or the common practice before-even as late as last year-is not necessarily true now.

Can Traffic Tickets Lead To Deportation For Illegal Immigrants in New Jersey?

In the wake of President Trump's Executive Actions on Immigration, this is one of the most frequently asked questions posed by undocumented and out of status aliens. The answer, unfortunately, is not so simple and belies how complex the immigration laws can be. Technically, most traffic violations, in general, do not constitute deportable offenses. In other words, a run-of-the-mill speeding ticket, committed in the absence of any aggravating factors or egregious circumstances such as going at an excessively high rate of speed with accident or injury, are not deportable violations. A lawful permanent resident who has committed a generic speeding offense or failed to maintain lanes will usually not have to worry about losing his/her status provided the offense is not serious in nature or a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude. However, if an individual is also out of status or has no legal status in the United States, the problem is that such an infraction may expose them to or make them more liable to be picked up ICE, which is the enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security. ("ICE" stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.) So while a speeding ticket in and of itself is not a legal basis for deportation, the person's illegal presence in the United States obviously is. The infractions only make the situation worse in terms of casting a blemish on the individual's law abiding character.

"Your Papers Please!" | Those Not Here For Two Years May Be Deported Without Court

Last week, to the consternation of millions, DHS Secretary John Kelly released two governmental memos setting forth plans on how to implement President Trump's interior public safety and border security mandates that were issued in January. There was extensive media coverage spurring an already apprehensive undocumented population into paranoia and hysteria. The alarm is not without reason. The memo enacts large scale, blanket measures that place those without status at significant risk of being arrested, detained, and removed.

Can The Bridge Act Stop Deportation For Those Who Have DACA?

Last Friday, Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham announced a bipartisan bill intended to provide relief to those currently holding protected status under the DACA program ("Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals"). Titled the "Bridge Act," the bill-if passed into law-would extend deferred status and work authorization to not only those who currently have DACA but also those who, for whatever reason, are eligible for DACA but have not yet applied. The "provisional protected presence" status would reportedly last for a period of three years. Like DACA, there would be eligibility requirements and background checks that would have to be satisfied before any grant. Also like DACA, the protected status would not lead to or graduate into permanent residence. It merely provides a deferred status that protects the individual from removal and allows the opportunity for work authorization.

Can My Family Member Return To The US After Deportation?

With respect to immigration consequences, removal from the United States is commonly regarded as the most punitive measure the US government can impose on a non-US Citizen. Depending on the circumstances of and setting in which the removal order is issued, an individual may be banned from the US anywhere from five years to permanently. If an individual is stopped and removed at the border, this may mean that he/she was the subject of an expedited removal proceeding. Individuals are deemed inadmissible for five years under these circumstances. (Note, however, that not all encounters at the border in which an alien is sent back necessarily result in an expedited removal order; sometimes, a person may accept a voluntary return.) If an individual was the subject of an Immigration Court hearing within the United States under section 240 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and issued a removal order, he is ordinarily barred for ten years.

Can President-Elect Trump Really Deport 3 Million People Immediately?

President-elect Donald Trump recently remarked during a "60 Minutes" interview aired this past Sunday that he plans on immediately deporting two to three million undocumented immigrants who have criminal records. Some have characterized this stance as a step back from the more shrill rhetoric of his campaign stumps, in which he previously declared that he would deport close to eleven million illegal aliens. If anything, President-elect Trump certainly has a flair for the provocative and a keen ability to stir up and galvanize the population on certain issues. How and whether he truly intends to carry out this plan, however, remains to be seen. Some posit that this position, like his other stances, is merely another "gambit" by a master negotiator stuck between appeasing the reactionary electorate who supported him and governing in an ecumenical manner. Regardless, the prospect of targeting and immediately removing this smaller tranche of the illegal population raises many concerns. Financially speaking, the costs of deporting these many people would exert an enormous strain on our economy. Some studies indicate that it costs the government a staggering $10,000 to deport one person. Secondly, aside from the costs, our court systems are already seriously overburdened and backlogged with cases scheduled far out in advance. According to the Associated Press back in July of 2016, the Executive Office of Immigration Review ("EOIR")-which is the arm that runs the immigration courts-indicated that there were more than 500,000 cases pending in the courts. How 2-3 million more court cases will be accelerated is beyond baffling.

Green Card After Deportation? | Motion to Reopen

Here's the transcript to our latest video on Youtube.  Many people are under the misimpression that despite a removal or deportation order, it is quite easy to fix one's status if married to a US Citizen.  The reality, of course, is that these types of matters are much more complicated.  Like everything in the law, everything is case and circumstance specific.  Is the person still here in the US? Has the person already left the US?  In the latter, a departure under an order will usually execute a ten year bar: in order for the individual to return to the US, even with an approved petition, he or she must usually request special permission on Form I-212 to return to the US before the expiration of the ten years.   If the person has stayed in the US in violation of the order, things can get dicey:  if ICE were to apprehend the person--who is, in essence, a fugitive--the government would normally just take steps to execute the order.  On the other hand, depending on the circumstances, ie., an approved I-130 filed by an Immediate Relative, there may be an opportunity to reopen the court case, rescind the order, and possibly apply for relief.   


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