Tifton Deportation Defense Lawyer
Getting stopped at the border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or picked up off the street by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a scary experience, to say the least. People are often detained for a lengthy period without any explanation of their rights. Many agree to removal just to get released from detention or because they don’t know they have other options. Shirazi Immigration Law is here to tell you that even when facing deportation, you do have rights and you do have options. If you or a family member is being held in ICE detention or is otherwise facing removal proceedings, call Shirazi Immigration Law at our Moultrie law office for a consultation with a dedicated and experienced Tifton deportation defense lawyer. We’ll let you know your rights, your options, and how we can help.
What Can Immigrants Get Deported for?
Most people believe that it is only “illegal aliens” who get deported, but this is far from the truth. Even people who hold a Green Card and are considered “lawful permanent residents,” meaning they have been given the authority to live and work in the U.S. permanently, can and do get deported every day. If you are lawfully here on an H-1B visa for employment, you can still get deported if the government thinks you are here illegally or have committed some deportable offense. The list of deportable offenses is a long one. It includes:
- Aggravated felonies
- Violent crimes
- Drug crimes
- Domestic violence/stalking
- Firearms offenses
- Crimes that involve moral turpitude
- Multiple convictions
- Entry without inspection (illegal entry)
- Overstaying a visa or losing legal immigrant status
- Abandoning your Green Card, even unintentionally
- Working without having the proper documentation, such as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD or Work Permit)
- Failing to advise USCIS if you change your address
- Receiving public assistance within five years of entry
These are just some of the many broad categories and specific reasons that can get you removed from the country and kept from returning for several years.
How Can Your Moultrie Immigration Law Office Help?
If you live in Tifton or Southern Georgia and are picked up by ICE or removal proceedings are initiated against you, your case will be heard in an Atlanta immigration court. Shirazi Immigration Law is an Atlanta immigration law firm that maintains a satellite office in Moultrie for the convenience of our clients who live further south. We can meet with you and your family members in Moultrie so that you only have to travel to Atlanta when necessary yet still get the highest quality advice and representation at all stages of your case.
Here are just some of the ways we can help with a cancellation of removal or deportation defense:
Waiver of Inadmissibility
If you’ve been removed or deported, we can help you apply for readmission into the country on legal grounds. This process involves preparing and filing Form I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission After Deportation or Removal.
ICE might prefer to keep you in detention until your removal order is finalized, but you might be able to get released on bond instead. This is essential not just to go to work or spend time with family but also to prepare your case and work with an attorney to fight your removal. If you are eligible for release from detention, we’ll work skillfully and aggressively to get you released in the most favorable manner.
You are entitled to a hearing before you can be deported. You have the right to be informed of the government’s grounds for removal, and you are entitled to have an attorney represent you at this hearing. Shirazi Immigration Law will represent you at all required court appearances, including the master calendar hearing and the merits hearing. We’ll mount a strong defense against the government’s allegation, help you apply for asylum if applicable, or find other means to give you a strong defense to fight deportation in court.
Petition for Review
Even if the BIA has issued a final order of removal, it’s possible they made a mistake about the facts or applicable law, abused their discretion or violated your constitutional rights. Where grounds exist, we’ll take your case into federal court and fight to have your deportation order modified or overturned.
Motion to Reopen
A motion to reopen is a request to the immigration court to reopen proceedings and allow the immigration judge to hear new facts or evidence in your case. With few exceptions, you are only allowed one motion to reopen. You have up to 90 days after an immigration judge’s final order to file the motion in most cases.
Motion to Reconsider
A motion to reconsider may be proper when you think the immigration made a mistake about the law or facts in your case or if there has been a change in the law that affects the judge’s decision. This motion does not involve introducing new facts or evidence but instead is based on the existing record. You have 30 days from an immigration judge’s final administrative order to file this motion. Generally speaking, you are entitled to file just one of these motions.
BIA and Federal Court Review
Deportation (removal) hearings are conducted before immigration judges in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Adverse decisions can be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and where grounds exist, you can get into federal court to have a panel of federal judges overturn your final order of removal. We’ll take your case to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta if necessary to fight your deportation.
Get Skilled and Dedicated Deportation Defense in Tifton and Atlanta
In criminal cases, the burden is on the government to prove you committed the charged offense. Removal is a civil proceeding, and the burden is on you to prove why you shouldn’t be deported. You can’t rely on poking holes in the government’s weak arguments to prove your case. You need strong evidence and sound arguments from an experienced immigration lawyer who knows the law and knows how to defend your rights.
If you are facing deportation or removal proceedings in South Georgia, call the Moultrie immigration law office of Shirazi Immigration Law at 404-523-3611 for a consultation with a skilled and knowledgeable deportation defense attorney.