The regulations surrounding deportation can be confusing to anyone facing it. An experienced immigration attorney can help you face down immigration judges and government officials – ensuring you can stay in the United States and not be separated from your loved ones.
It is important to be aware of common “trigger sites” where immigrants are routinely arrested by Department of Homeland Security officers. These include points at which you attempt to reenter the U.S. after a visit outside its borders and government agencies where you apply for benefits or change of status. Drivers are also commonly targeted during route traffic stops. Additional trigger sites include bus and train stations and even your place of employment, if there are enough fellow immigrants to trigger a raid.
Along with good legal counsel, here are a few things you can do to avoid deportation:
1. Establish 10 years in the U.S.: If you have been in the country for 10 years, even illegally, it can help halt deportation efforts against you. Those 10 years must be continuous, without lengthy visits outside of the country. You will need to gather evidence of your physical presence, such as pay stubs and lease agreements, which can sometimes be difficult if you have been keeping a low profile.
2. Avoid illegal activity: Having a criminal record will harm your ability to stay in the country. Don’t commit illegal activities, especially those connected to “moral turpitude,” such as selling or using drugs, or prostitution. Felony convictions involving violent crimes will also trigger deportation.
3. Maintain a good reputation: Having “good moral character” is crucial for avoiding deportation. Not only should you avoid arrest, but there should be no evidence of things like gambling debts, public intoxication, providing false information to get immigration benefits, or helping someone else enter or stay in the U.S. illegally.
4. Prove family obligations: If you have a spouse, parent, or children depending on you, showing that your family member or members would endure extreme hardship without your income, child care or physical aid can help you stay in the U.S.
If you or someone you care about is facing deportation, contact our removal defense lawyers at Ramos Immigration Law to learn about your options. We have offices in Aurora and Longmont, Colorado.