Immigrants have had to deal with and fear deportation in recent years more than ever before. This is due to the prevalence of this topic in the media and from actions taken by the president’s administration. Fortunately, there are legal options available that can protect immigrants from deportation.
Three ways to combat deportation
If you or a loved one have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, there are some legal options available to you:
- Appeal the deportation: If you are facing deportation, you may be able to file an appeal. It may be wise to hire and speak with an attorney prior to this action. There are forms that must be completed and delivered at an ICE office. Additionally, you must pay a fee before submitting your appeal.
- File for a green card: If you are eligible for a green card, you could halt the deportation process. If one of your family members has obtained permanent residency, they might be able to sponsor you.
- Submit a complaint: If you and your lawyer believe ICE officials infringed upon your rights, you may be able to submit a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security successfully.
Fighting against the possibility of being deported is crucial. Deported immigrants may not be able to reenter the country at a later date. This makes hiring an attorney that much more important. An experienced immigration lawyer will have a complete understanding of the law and can give you sound advice on what to do to protect your rights.