Common Questions About Immigrant Deportation & Removal

Posted on 04/19/19

FAQ: Deportation & Removal

If you are a migrant living in the United States, it is crucial to make sure you know about the deportation practices currently in place under the Trump administration. Policies that were in place under President Obama have since been replaced by Trump’s “Enforcement Priorities,” which are contained in “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” Below, we answer common deportation questions we are asked now that these new enforcement priorities are in effect.

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Who Is a Primary Target for Deportation?

According to the Interior Enforcement Memo, the following types of unlawfully present immigrants are primarily being targeted for deportation:

  • Illegal immigrants with criminal convictions
  • Illegal immigrants charged with a criminal offense that is “not resolved”
  • Illegal immigrants who committed “acts” that are a “chargeable criminal offense”
  • People suspected of fraud or willful misrepresentation in their immigration cases
  • Immigrants who “abuse” government benefit programs

The following people are most at risk for deportation:

  • People who have had contact with the criminal justice system
  • People who have received final orders of removal
  • People in detention or jail

How Does ICE Plan to Meet the New Deportation & Detention Goals?

In order to meet the goals of Trump’s “Enforcement Priorities,” the following tactics will be used by the administration and ICE:

  • Increased collaboration between local police & immigration agents
  • Increasing and expanding existing immigration detention facilities
  • Increased workplace raids
  • Increased ICE presence in local criminal legal systems
  • Increase in ICE Fugitive Operation teams
  • Increased reentry prosecutions and immigration-related prosecutions

How Does the Deportation Process Start?

You will receive a formal Notice to Appear in Removal Proceedings. This notice will have a date and time for you to appear in Immigration Court to plead your case. If you receive one of these notices, you need to consult with an experienced lawyer to get help building your case. Immigration law is complex, and a Waterbury deportation lawyer can ensure that your rights are fully protected.

Call (203) 806-7922 today if you have more questions about deportation or removal. Our team is here to assist you with all of your immigration matters. Schedule a consultation today.