It can be a frightening experience if you are threatened with deportation removal from the United States, especially if you know you have done everything you can to be here legally. At the New York City Law Firm of Emdin & Russell, LLP, we want to help you sort through the complicated immigration system and protect your ability to remain in the country.
Removal, which is often referred to as deportation, occurs if a person is found living or working in the United States illegally, or here legally but commits a crime. In 2015, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) began focusing primarily on criminals in their removal efforts. This “clearer and more refined civil immigration enforcement” placed increased emphasis and focus on convicted felons and other public safety threats, but did not completely remove the burden of removal for non-criminals.
Despite the softer approach, it’s still possible for anyone here illegally to be removed and if you are threatened with removal, you need to act quickly. Begin by finding an attorney who understand immigration laws and can help you in the immediate aftermath of an incident.
How Do You Know If You are at Risk for Deportation Removal?
You know your legal status in the United States is at risk if you are taken into custody and given a Notice to Appear or Notice of Hearing. These documents are notice of formal deportation proceedings. An experienced immigration attorney can help you or your loved one file for citizenship and maintain the legal ability to remain in the United States.
Are You a Green Card Holder Accused of a Crime?
Legal Permanent Residents – those who hold green cards – can still be subjected to removal proceedings if they are convicted of committing a crime. Crimes including felony convictions, domestic violence, sex crimes, assault with weapons, gang crimes, drug convictions, and robbery can all put a green card holder at risk for deportation.
It is possible to receive a waiver to remain in the United States, even if you are convicted of a crime, but it’s important to work with an experienced immigration attorney who understands the laws affecting your situation. In most cases, a public defender or criminal attorney will not have experience working with immigration law, which is why it is important to seek the assistance of an immigration attorney.
If you are in the United States illegally or you are here legally and have been convicted of a crime, and you believe your immigrant status is at risk, we can help. For more information or to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact Emdin & Russell at 212.683.3995.