When it comes to deportation or removal proceedings, it is important to understand that the immigration judge IJ) will not be sympathetic to your story.
No matter how many years you’ve lived in the United States or how many of your children were born here, the IJ is expected to have an impartial approach to your case. He/she will not develop legal arguments on your behalf or help you present your case.
So if you or a loved one is facing deportation, having a skilled immigration attorney on your side can make all of the difference. Unfortunately, some people believe that there is no hope to remain in the country and avoid hiring a lawyer to help.
Before the hearing, a lawyer will dedicate time to determine whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) charge against you is valid and whether you are able to successfully defend your deportation.
The following are several reasons how an attorney may help your case:
- Argue that the charge you face is false or doesn’t match any of the grounds of deportation according to federal immigration laws.
- Argue that you qualify for asylum due to experiencing or reasonably fearing you would face persecution if you returned to your home country.
- Assist you in applying for cancellation of removal.
- Request an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, encouraging the DHS to pursue individuals who are a real threat to society.
- Demonstrate that you are actually a U.S. citizen.
From completing all of the proper paperwork to preparing you for the court hearing, a lawyer can guide you through the intricacies of the legal process. At Appel & Morse, our Santa Barbara immigration attorney protects the rights and freedom of our clients facing deportation. We will work with your to create an effective defense strategy that will provide you with the most favorable outcome for your case.
For more information about our legal services, contact us and schedule a free criminal consultation today.