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The Importance of an Attorney in Removal Proceedings

lady-justice-1361962-mThe most natural emotion is fear when someone is placed in Removal Proceedings: the government is trying to deport you!  And recently the government has been trying to do this in record numbers.  At times if you are in Immigration Court you might figure that your best bet might be to just give up—lawyers are expensive and your friends and family are giving you plenty of advice.  Maybe they are telling you that it will be easy just to leave voluntarily and sneak back in to the United States later.

Immigration Law is complicated and it is almost certain that your friends and family members are not giving you good information when you need it most.  There are several ways to fight against the government trying to deport you.  First, if you have a qualifying child, spouse or parent who is a lawful permanent resident or a U.S. Citizen, you may qualify for Cancellation of Removal.  Also, because of the crowded docket in Immigration Courts, it has been often been possible for attorneys to secure a dismissal or an administrative closure of the case.  And in many situations, an attorney can help you obtain an employment authorization card and keep it even when your case is administratively closed.  Administrative closure means that the case is taken off the active docket and your case stays inactive until either your attorney or the government attorneys petition the judge to reactivate the case.  In reality, this may never happen.

Though hiring an Immigration Atttorney may be relatively expensive, the cost pales in comparison to the cost of being deported.  In many cases, you can work legally in the United States during the period of your case, which could take years to complete.  Also, you are able to remain with your family instead of being separated from them.

In one actual case, a father who came to me to ask if there was anything we could do to help his son return from Mexico following his deportation, showed me all of his documents and I determined that the son who had been deported was actually a United States citizen who should NOT have been deported.  The family had not hired an attorney three years earlier when he had been before the Immigration Judge.  The son was immediately able to re-enter the United States.

It is ALWAYS necessary to have a thorough and complete analysis by a competent immigration attorney when you have received a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court.  The attorneys at the Monaco Law Group have the experience and knowledge to maximize your chances for success in the Immigration Court.

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