Deportation Defense Services in Austin, Texas
In today’s enforcement-heavy climate, even legal permanent residents have cause for concern. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) often initiates deportation proceedings against foreign nationals. These can come quickly and without warning. Their justifications are numerous and range from technical immigration laws violations to more serious reasons such as immigration fraud, undocumented trafficking, and the existence of criminal records.
At the offices of Michael G. Murray, P.A., we work hard to provide personalized legal counsel and peace of mind to recent arrivals, permanent residents, green card holders, and their family members. If you live in the Austin, Texas community and your rights are at stake, we’ll do everything in our power to prevent your removal from the United States.
Legal Advocacy You Can Trust
We’re aggressive legal advocates for immigrant rights with experience handling a variety of deportation and removal cases. The goal is to keep families together and preserve your right to live and work in the U.S.
Facing a judge can be frightening and stressful. Fortunately, our legal team has extensive knowledge of immigration laws and court procedure. When you’re facing the possibility of deportation or removal, we’ll act on your behalf to guide you while ensuring that your rights are protected at every step of the process.
What It Means to Be Placed Into “Removal Proceedings”
We focus on cutting through the confusion and helping you navigate the courts with a minimum of stress and uncertainty. The deportation process usually begins when you receive a letter called a Notice to Appear. This document requires you to appear in Immigration Court for a deportation hearing.
Our immigration attorney initiates each deportation case by carefully reviewing the “Notice to Appear” for defects, which may support filing a Motion to Terminate these proceedings.
What Happens When the Notice to Appear is Defective?
On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a favorable decision relating to immigrants prevented from filing a motion to cancel the removal applications. This result was based on the stop time rule indicated in the case of Pereira v. Sessions.
In that case, the justices concluded that notices to appear which lack a time and date are defective. Therefore, they cannot stop the clock in determining eligibility for cancellation of removal.
The key takeaway from that case is that more people should be eligible for cancellation and other forms of relief based on the above procedural advantage.
Why am I being placed into deportation proceedings?
If the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is trying to deport you, they’ll typically try to base their decision on one of the following reasons:
- You’ve violated immigration laws, such as entering the United States without inspection or parole
- You’ve committed a criminal act
- You’ve overstayed a student or work-related non-immigrant visa
- You have misrepresented facts about yourself on a non-immigrant or permanent resident application
Each of these instances represents a serious violation of U.S. immigrant law that could result in permanent removal and deportation back to your home country or point of entry into U.S. territory. We’ll work hard to prevent that outcome.
Our Practice Areas
Immigration law is complicated, and the game keeps changing from administration to administration. When you’re facing serious consequences, you need a sharp legal team with compassion, experience, and expertise.
Some of the specialized legal services we provide are designed to protect you from deportation. These practice areas include:
- Termination of Proceedings
- Bond hearings
- Cancellation of removal
- Waivers in Removal Proceedings
- BIA and Federal Court appeals
- Motions to Reopen
In addition to deportation matters, we offer extended services in a number of immigration law related areas, such as:
- Asylum, which includes establishing political and religious refugee status
- Citizenship and Naturalization, including revocation of naturalization defense and how to apply for permanent residency
- Employer-based immigration
- Student visas
- Family immigration, including divorce and custody matters
- Investment visas
- Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS)
- U visas, T visas, and VAWA
Feel free to browse our website by accessing the links to the right and learn more about these practice areas and our other services.
Facing Deportation? We’ll Provide Representation in Court
If you or a family member is facing deportation, you need a strong legal advocate who will defend your rights. Representing yourself in this type of court proceedings is strongly discouraged. However, immigration judges will usually give individuals and families who are facing deportation proceedings several opportunities to seek counsel.
Whether you’ve been placed into removal proceedings for a criminal or noncriminal offense, you need an experienced attorney who knows immigration law and will fight to keep you in the U.S.
When you need help from an immigration law advocate in Austin, we’ll stand by your side every step of the way. Contact the law offices of MICHAEL G. MURRAY, P.A. today.