One of the most terrifying experiences immigrants in Texas can face is getting deported to their home countries. In many of these instances, people become separated from their families. They may also have nowhere to live in their country of citizenship and no job lined up. For individuals fleeing dangerous situations in their home countries, their lives are once again in danger. 

According to USA Today, the deportation process often begins with an arrest. Following this, individuals may have to appear in immigration court for lengthy proceedings where they might be able to make a good case to remain. These people may get released, while others could be sent back to their home countries in days or weeks. 

Summary of the process 

The person receives a notice to appear in court or gets arrested. ICE, border patrol and local police officers may arrest suspected illegal immigrants. If arrested, the person may be detained. Sometimes officials begin an expedited process. Otherwise, the individual may either voluntarily depart or go through the hearing process. 

The hearing process includes a bond hearing, master calendar hearing and merits hearing. These hearings are followed by either a release or order of removal. Immigrants may appeal. However, if not successful, they might then get removed from the country. 

Applying for adjusted status 

According to, some individuals may be able to seek an adjustment of status. This allows them to begin the process to become a lawful resident. The two main ways to accomplish this include a petition from a qualified family member or by seeking asylum out of fear of persecution in their home countries. 

Not every immigration defense is successful. However, if the person is married to or has family members that are permanent residents or citizens, their chances of remaining may improve. Steering clear of illegal activities also plays a major role. Naturally, the U.S. would not feel inclined to provide residency for any person it identifies as a potential threat or criminal.