When Deportation Becomes A Real Threat
People living in the U.S. without proper documentation nearly always understand that they could be deported sometime.
Many other foreign nationals in the U.S. with green cards and visas (such as work visas and family visas) may realize they, too, might be deported if something goes wrong such as:
- They accidentally overstay their visas.
- They fail to renew their green cards on time.
- They are caught up in criminal cases, even minor ones like traffic tickets.
- An error is discovered in their original immigration history (such as when orphans from other countries adopted by American parents were not properly naturalized in time).
Thankfully, these cases are rare, but they do happen. Even some U.S. citizens have been mistakenly threatened with deportation when government officials did not believe their proof of citizenship was real. Some have even been detained. The threat of deportation is frightening. It is real for many people. In many cases, the threat can be overcome with careful documentation and preparation. In case of trouble, a prompt defense is essential.
If you or your family member has not been detained yet — but you worry about the risk of deportation — consult with an immigration attorney. Discuss your unique circumstances. Learn how to protect your rights in case Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) threatens you or your loved one with deportation.
When A Threat Becomes Reality: Confronting Detention
Law Office of Rafael J. Borras in San Antonio is prepared to defend the rights of people targeted for deportation, including people already in detention. If your loved one has been detained, please contact an experienced immigration attorney right away. If our firm represents you or your family member, we can act quickly to:
- Locate the detainee
- Prepare documentation to fight deportation
- Advise the detainee and family members of the most promising steps toward a favorable outcome
- Represent you or your family member through necessary processes for fighting deportation
A careful analysis of the facts may reveal a solution right away. In other cases, complex procedures may become necessary. The path to success in your case might include one or more of these defense options:
- Filing for registry or temporary protection status
- Cancellation and withholding actions
- Waiver applications
- Appeals proceedings
Do not try to figure out the best resolution in your case. A knowledgeable immigration attorney can help you discover the best path to deportation defense.
Other Solutions: Voluntary Departure Or Return From Abroad
Sometimes it becomes clear that there is no good defense, and someone at risk of deportation should voluntarily depart the U.S. This may leave the door open to a legal return at a later time.
On the other hand, if your loved one has already been deported and it is proven to be in error, it may be possible to reverse the government’s actions and allow him or her back into the U.S.
These scenarios are unusual but many people’s cases have unusual aspects. Each person’s situation is unique. No outcome can be predicted with certainty. No specific results can be promised through this website or in original conversations with lawyer Rafael Borras. However, Mr. Borras has helped many previous clients find relief. He is prepared to exhaust possible solutions for you or your family member. He will keep you informed and collaborate with you as necessary in obtaining necessary documentation or other support for your deportation defense.
Fight While You Can
Most people about to be deported do not want to leave the U.S. that way. Deportation is disruptive to work, family and personal life. It may also leave the deportee no legal options for returning to the U.S. for at least 10 years. Before your situation becomes desperate, consult with an immigration lawyer. Law Office of Rafael J. Borras in San Antonio welcomes your inquiry. Call 210-761-6589 or send an email to schedule a consultation with immigration attorney Rafael Borras.