Authorities at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department are reportedly gearing up to look for and detain certain undocumented immigrants who have been ignoring deportation orders. These enforcement plans have reportedly been set in motion by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Who Will Be the Targets of this Enforcement Effort?

ICE arresting illegal immigrant
ICE arresting illegal immigrant

Some news sources indicate that ICE intends to target undocumented immigrants from Central America who arrived in the U.S. in 2014. According to these reports, the primary focus of ICE’s enforcement actions will be undocumented immigrants from:

  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Guatemala
  • Some other South American countries.

Deportation Relief

When these or other events lead to someone facing the threat of deportation from the U.S., there may be various ways to challenge the alleged grounds for deportation. An experienced lawyer will be pivotal to identifying the best options for fighting removal and securing deportation relief.

What we can tell you here, however, is that the following are just some of the most important things to understand about deportation hearings and your rights:

  1. You have the right to present your side during a removal hearing – When brought before a judge at an immigration court hearing, you will have the opportunity speak to the charges being filed, the alleged grounds for deportation, and why you should be allowed to remain in the U.S.
  2. The DHS has the burden proving that there are grounds to remove you from the U.S.
  3. If DHS fails to provide the sufficient evidence and a viable argument as to why you should be deported from the U.S., you have the right to request that the judge close the case.
  4. If, at the end of this removal hearing, the judges orders your removal, you still have the right to request an application for relief from removal.

Options for Deportation Relief

The following list just some possibilities for deportation relief:

  • Change in status – This could involve, for instance, changing one’s status from non-immigrant to immigrant in order to stay legally in the U.S.
  • Status adjustment through registry – This status adjustment can be a way to secure a green card (for those who arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 1972, who meet some specific eligibility requirements, and who are in good standing in the U.S.).
  • Asylum – This is protection provided to those who have left their native country for fear of persecution or fear of harm due to the volatile, dangerous conditions in their native country.
  • Withholding of Removal – Similar to asylum, this involves proving that returning to the native country is likely to result in persecution or harm.
  • Protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) – This option for deportation relief typically involves proving that one would be subjected to torture if (s)he returned to his or her native country.
  • Cancellation of Removal – If you can prove that you have 10 years physical presence in the U.S. and that your removal would cause “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” to a spouse or other family member,you might qualify for this type of relief.

Contact a Los Angeles Immigration Attorney at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.

Do you need help securing deportation relief – or resolving any immigration legal issue? If, you can turn to a Los Angeles immigration attorney at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. For more than 15 years, our lawyers have been successfully representing undocumented immigrants in simple to complex matters alike.

To learn more about how we can help you, call us at (626) 765-4641 or (866) 489-7612 or email us via the contact form on this page.