Facing a removal proceeding and the possibility of deportation can be an incredibly challenging and daunting experience. However, individuals in removal proceedings have the right to present a defense to challenge their deportation. There are several potential deportation defense strategies that individuals can explore with the assistance of an immigration attorney. In this blog, we will discuss some of the possible defense strategies that can be employed in a removal proceeding.
1. Asylum or Withholding of Removal
Individuals who have suffered persecution or have a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion may be eligible to apply for asylum or withholding of removal. These defenses require providing evidence of the persecution or threat of persecution in the home country.
2. Adjustment of Status
Some individuals in removal proceedings may be eligible to apply for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident if they have an immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. This process involves proving family relationships and meeting specific eligibility criteria.
3. Cancellation of Removal
Cancellation of removal is available to certain individuals who have been physically present in the United States for a specified period and meet other requirements. This defense is available for both lawful permanent residents and non-lawful permanent residents, and it aims to prevent deportation and allow the individual to remain in the United States.
4. Prosecutorial Discretion
In certain cases, the government may exercise prosecutorial discretion and decide not to pursue removal proceedings. This can be based on factors such as the individual's length of stay in the U.S., family ties, community involvement, and lack of serious criminal history.
5. U Visa or T Visa
Victims of certain crimes who have cooperated with law enforcement may be eligible for a U visa, which provides protection from deportation and the possibility of obtaining lawful permanent residency. Similarly, victims of human trafficking may be eligible for a T visa, offering protection and potential pathways to legal status.
6. Voluntary Departure
Voluntary departure is an option that allows individuals to leave the U.S. at their own expense and avoid the stigma of a formal deportation order. While it doesn't grant legal status, it can provide a more favorable departure record for potential future immigration applications.
7. Challenging Legal Issues
An experienced immigration attorney can also explore potential legal challenges to the removal proceedings. This could include arguing that the individual is a U.S. citizen, challenging the legal basis for the removal, or presenting evidence of procedural errors.
Murray Osorio PLLC Is Here for You
Deportation defense strategies in a removal proceeding can be complex and require a deep understanding of immigration law. It's crucial for individuals facing deportation to seek legal counsel from a qualified immigration attorney who can assess the specific circumstances, determine the best possible defense strategy, and guide them through the process. While each case is unique, having a strong defense strategy can greatly increase the chances of obtaining a favorable outcome and avoiding deportation.
At Murray Osorio PLLC, our skilled immigration attorneys are here to help you create a strong deportation defense. Contact us today to get started on your case and let our immigration lawyers fight for your future.