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What Are the Most Common Deportation Defenses?

Posted on : February 12, 2021
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The idea of being deported is frightening, especially if you haven’t been to your “home country” in some time — or at all. Your family could be significantly impacted by your deportation, leaving them without the resources they need. It’s important that you act as quickly as you can if you are at risk of being deported.

You may be able to stop a deportation by: 

Being Granted Asylum 

If you fled your country due to being persecuted or the reasonable fear of being persecuted, you may qualify for asylum. This means you can live and work safely in the United States and eventually qualify for a green card. 

Qualifying for a Withholding of Removal 

A withholding of removal is similar to asylum in that it allows you to stay in the United States for fear of persecution in your home country. You must be able to show that you are highly likely to be persecuted when you return. 

Unfortunately, Withholding of Removal offers fewer benefits for immigrants than asylum. Typically, you will not be eligible for permanent residency nor will you be able to travel back out of the U.S. However, you will be allowed to legally live and work here. Because the removal is withheld and not cancelled, you may be subject to deportation again if the government decides to revoke your withholding. 

Qualifying for a Cancellation of Removal 

You may qualify for a cancellation of removal if you’re at risk of being deported due to the commission of a non-aggravated felony. 

For this defense to be successful, you must have had a green card or been a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. for a minimum of 5 years or have resided continuously in America after immigrating on any legal status for at least 7 years. If you are charged with the commission of an aggravated felony, this defense cannot be used. 

Should You Contact a Deportation Defense Lawyer? 

Don’t delay reaching out to an experienced Texas deportation defense attorney if you are at risk of being deported to your home country by the U.S. government. 

Get the help you need defending yourself and your family from deportation from seasoned immigration lawyer Eluid Zavala. Contact our office to discuss your deportation defense and find out what steps you need to take next to protect your legal rights and your family’s future. Call now at 713-766-6720.

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