provide deportation defense to our clients that are facing
Removal or Deportation proceedings. Deportation can occur
for a number of reasons, including the following: entering
the U.S. without the proper authorization, crossing the
border without documentation, violations of status, working
without permission, criminal convictions, failing to maintain
status or renew status when required, and remaining the
U.S. beyond the allowable period. In each case, the relief
sought by the attorney will depend on the reasons for the
deportation or removal, the amount of time in the U.S.,
family relationships, criminal history, and other factors.
Depending on the case, the client may be eligible for cancellation
of removal, voluntary departure, and other forms of relief.
In many cases, the client may post a bond in order to remain
out of custody until the deportation hearing.
is a form of protection that allows individuals who are
in the United States to remain here, provided that they
meet the definition of a refugee and are not barred from
either applying for or being granted asylum, and eventually
to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident.
are two ways in which to file for asylum, affirmatively
or defensively. People who apply affirmatively are those
who come to the U.S. either legally or illegally but have
not been put into removal proceedings by the INS. They apply
with the Asylum Office, which is a separate division from
the enforcement wing of INS. If arrested by INS and put
into removal proceedings, however, an individual can apply
defensively, that is with the Immigration Judge.
asylum applicant does not apply for recognition as a refugee
directly to the United Nations, but rather, applies directly
the U.S. government for recognition that s/he is unable
or unwilling to return home because of a bona fide fear
of persecution. An asylum applicant, thus, is in the United
States at the time of application for status. Typically
such applicants entered the U.S. on some kind of non-immigrant
status and decided to seek asylum status upon or after arrival