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Deportation & Removal Proceedings

Arizona Attorneys Champion Clients in Deportation and Removal Proceedings

Understanding deportation and the potential remedies

Facing deportation can be terrifying. Whether you or someone important to you is in the United States without documentation or may have violated the terms of a visa or green card, you don’t have to sort out your immigration situation on your own. At Ayala Law Office, P.C., in Tucson, we are at your side through each step, seeking a viable remedy and making certain you understand the process and your rights.

Grounds for deportation

Staying in the United States requires following rules, and in many cases jumping through legal hoops. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), can initiate deportation for a long list of reasons, including if you:

  • Were inadmissible when you entered the country
  • Violated the conditions of your visa, green card or other status
  • Lost your conditional permanent resident status
  • Helped smuggle an alien into the country
  • Committed marriage fraud
  • Were convicted of a violent felony, drug crime, espionage, human trafficking, weapons violation or crime involving moral turpitude, such as fraud, larceny, or intent to harm persons or things
  • Failed to notify U.S. immigration authorities that you moved

Our attorneys can sift through the facts of your case and find avenues to pursue to build a case against deportation. These proceedings are extremely serious, so you require serious, knowledgeable representation to put forth your best defense.

How deportation proceedings begin

Deportation from the United States involves many steps. Often, the process begins because of an arrest and detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but in other cases, USCIS simply initiates deportation by issuing a notice to appear before a Department of Justice immigration judge for an initial hearing. The notice states the reasons USCIS seeks deportation.

At the first immigration hearing, known as the master calendar hearing, the judge sets bond to guarantee that you will return for all proceedings. If you fail to appear, you forfeit the bond, and the judge will automatically issue a removal order. If you cannot pay the bond, you will be incarcerated throughout the deportation process. The judge also reads the charges against you and sets a date for a longer merits hearing.

During a merits hearing, the immigration judge hears your arguments for staying in the country. At the conclusion, the judge determines whether you can remain in the United States. If the judge orders deportation, you have 30 days to appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The government will be represented by an attorney for these proceedings. You should, too. Ayala Law Office, P.C. has a strong record of defending clients in deportation hearings. Our Tucson attorneys understand the nuances of immigration law that can potentially benefit your case.

We help fight removal

Successful deportation defense cases generally rest on one of four claims:

  • Asylum — You establish persecution or fear of persecution if you return to your home country.
  • Cancellation of removal — You demonstrate a long, law-abiding history in the United States.
  • Adjustment of status — You are married to a U.S. citizen or have another relative-based petition.
  • DHS was wrong — You show that the grounds cited are incorrect.

When you’re at risk of being deported, the stakes are high, and the potential to make a misstep is great. Get help from a knowledgeable immigration attorney who will fight for your right to remain in the United States.

Contact our Arizona immigration firm for deportation defense

If you are in danger of being deported and need to speak with an experienced immigration lawyer about your case, please contact Ayala Law Office, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona. We may be reached at 520-365-3185. You may also contact us online.

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