You may be protected from deportation

On behalf of Cynthia Ceballos of Ceballos Legal Consulting LLC posted in Immigration & Naturalization on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

There are few things scarier than deportation for undocumented families. Removal from the United States is heartbreaking after you have worked so hard to pursue a better life here. However, you may be able to remain in the U.S. despite deportation orders against you. Here are some ways you could be protected.

There are many ways a deportation order can be cancelled. If you are in danger of being removed, an immigration attorney can review your case and offer options for keeping you in the U.S. Some of these options might include:

Political Asylum

If you could face persecution in your home country because of your race, religion, political views or alignment with a certain group, you might be protected from deportation. Political asylum allows people to remain in the U.S. to protect them if they would be in danger or oppressed in their home country.

The process of obtaining asylum is similar to a court hearing. You and your attorney will make a case for your protection and a judge will decide if you qualify to stay in the U.S.

Domestic abuse petition

If you or your children are being abused by another family member, such as a spouse, you may be able to remain in the United States under a protection order. Family members must meet certain requirements to be eligible for filing an abuse petition. Domestic abuse petitions can be filed secretly, so your abuser will not know that you are seeking protection.

Prosecutorial discretion

Sometimes a deportation order can be cancelled if it is considered low-priority. For example, deportation of a minor child or someone with no criminal record might be cancelled. The ICE has limited time and resources for completing deportations, so they may drop your or your child's order if you are not a priority case.

Appealing a case

If you seek any of the above relief options but still face deportation orders, it is possible to appeal your case. You may be granted protection after court reviews your case again. Do not give up hope if you have received a deportation order. You have many options available and an immigration attorney can guide you and help to keep your family in the United States.