Immigration lawyer Gail Seeram explains the newly released data of 438,421 deportations carried out from the United States during October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 represent families suffering from separation, lower socioeconomic status, emotional stress, and limited health and educational opportunities. Immigration Lawyer Gail Seeram has noticed that more of the immigrants that consult with her have a deep fear of deportation even though they have lived in the U.S. for more than 10, 20 and sometimes 30 years. The political climate in the U.S. of zero tolerance for illegal immigrants has cast a fear on many law abiding immigrants and their families.
The Office of Immigration Statistic of the Department of Homeland Security reported that deportations in the 2013 fiscal year increased by more than 20,000 over 2012 and by more than 51,000 over 2011. President Obama will be on record for over 2 million deported under his watch as President. More than half of the noncitizens deported were done so under a fast-track removal system where they did not see an immigration judge or have the benefit of representation by an immigration lawyer.
It is highly recommended that any noncitizen that is placed in removal or deportation proceedings exercise his/her right to see an immigration judge. An immigration lawyer can apply for many forms of relief under the immigration laws that allow noncitizens to remain in the United States and avoid deportation or removal from the U.S. Some forms of relief include cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, fraud waiver, prosecutorial discretion, adjustment of status and many more.
Immigration Lawyer Gail S. Seeram offers the following five tips to avoid deportation or removal proceeding:
1 – If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) with ANY type of criminal arrest for a misdemeanor or felony offense (even if not convicted), then speak with an immigration lawyer before traveling outside the U.S., before applying to renew green card or before applying for U.S. citizenship.
2 – If you have no legal status in the U.S., then do not drive. Note, Department of Motor Vehicle records are linked to Department of Homeland Security and a routine traffic stop can lead to an immigration hold if your immigration status is checked. If you are ever held in a jail, then immediately seek an immigration lawyer and criminal lawyer.
3 – If you are a noncitizen (do not have U.S. citizenship), then do not register to vote or vote in the U.S. and do not make any false claims to being a U.S. citizen.
4 – If you are at risk for deportation or removal because you have no legal status in the U.S. or have a prior removal order, then do not go to your local immigration office without an attorney.
5 – If you have no legal status in the U.S., then avoid taking Greyhound Bus or Amtrak as immigration border patrol frequently stops and checks the immigration status of passengers on these types of transportation services.
For more information on deportation, removal, immigration court, appeals or any immigration matter, email Gail@GailLaw.com or call 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730.
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