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Frequently Asked Questions About Preventing Or Stopping Deportation Threats

Deportation defense is a broad term. It can mean avoiding the threat of deportation. Or, it can mean getting an attorney to visit you in a detention center and take emergency legal action on your behalf.

At Crooms Immigration Law in Los Alamitos, you will find a full range of deportation services. I am attorney Monica Croons, and below are some questions about deportation that my staff and I often receive.

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

If you qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you likely already have this status and may be concerned about your DACA renewal every two years. You were eligible for DACA if you were brought to the U.S. as a child before June 15, 2007, and were under age 31 as of June 15, 2012.

Like many DACA recipients, you have probably hoped that the rules would become looser over time and you might have a path to a legal permanent residence or citizenship. However, federal court challenges and political forces in general have kept DACA eligibility and application narrow. You may need deportation defense if you, as a DACA recipient, have been charged with a crime or if you did not renew your DACA status on time (even if it was not your fault).

At Crooms Immigration Law, my team and I are passionate about helping people with DACA eligibility or status take full advantage of every opportunity to live in the U.S. without fear. It was not your fault that you were brought to the U.S. as a child and feel American but do not have a green card. We will be your allies if you work with us for DACA renewals and similar situations.

What are the grounds for deportation?

You may be targeted for removal from the U.S. for many reasons, such as the following:

  • You were convicted of a serious misdemeanor or felony, such as a drug crime, an aggravated felony, or alleged acts or threats of terrorism.
  • You allegedly entered the U.S. unlawfully, committed immigration fraud, violated immigration laws or failed to maintain a lawful immigration status.
  • You worked illegally in the U.S., lost your permanent resident status or left the U.S. without fulfilling the requirements of your permanent resident status.
  • You applied for asylum, your application was denied and the asylum division of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) referred you for removal.

This is not an exhaustive list. No matter what situation has put you at risk of deportation, I am committed to helping you find relief if at all possible. If an immigration authority says that you must leave the U.S., I can help you understand how to protect your future prospects, if possible.

Can a green card help me stay in the country?

Certainly – a green card helps a great deal. However, you must renew your green card every 12 years. You must also remain free of criminal convictions and other serious legal troubles. If your green card will expire within a year or if you have gotten a serious traffic citation or been accused of domestic violence, contact my firm and learn how I can help protect you from the threat of deportation.

What if I do not win my deportation defense case?

You may have good reasons to appeal an immigration court’s decision to deport you. Ask me about grounds for appealing a removal determination.

If you must leave the U.S., I may be able to help you do so voluntarily to avoid having a deportation on your record.

Bring Your Own Questions

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