Deportation/Removal proceedings are scary for the individual involved, as well as his family, friends, and even employer.  Make sure to hire a dedicated attorney to defend you through each step of the process.  These proceedings can start in a number of ways, and none of these administrative deportation/removal hearings offer court-appointed attorneys.  If you want the best defense possible, make sure to call your immigration attorney as soon as any deportation/removal issues arise.

One way to end up in immigration proceedings is that you may be detained by local law enforcement officials who suspect you are present unlawfully and put you in “immigration detention.”   These typically occur when a person is apprehended by a law enforcement agencies for non-immigration reasons, but then is kept in custody without a warrant for up t0 48 hours (plus any intervening weekends or holidays) under the authority of a 287(g) agreement.  These agreements are between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and numerous law enforcement agencies all over the country, listed here.  If you are subjected to a 287(g) immigration detainer and cannot produce legal documentation, you will likely end up in removal proceedings.

Alternatively, you could have been issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) in person or by mail.  This notice means that you will be scheduled to appear in Immigration Court, or more technically, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).  As your attorney, I’ll prepare your case, appear in court with you, and move to suppress any illegally acquired evidence the government is using against you.  Further, I’ll advocate your individual case to the immigration judge and request measures short of removal from the country.

Call Taymoor Pilehvar as soon as you find yourself in deportation/removal proceedings.  He will defend you every step of the way, ensuring the government doesn’t keep you a minute beyond its legal abilities, and fighting in immigration court to get you out of detention on bond so you don’t have to spend weeks or months away from your family during your proceedings.