New Mexico Deportation Defense
Enforced deportation can be an extremely upsetting and frightening situation. For those whose status is in question — and their families — this circumstance can become a detrimental challenge. Forcing a person to leave their home, family members, job, and the stability of his or her life can be a daunting and stressful prospect. That is why the New Mexico immigration lawyers at Kretz & Romero, PC are dedicated to helping defend you against deportation from the United States.
You need an attorney who can aggressively stand up for your right to apply for residency to legally remain in the United States. You also need someone who has extensive immigration litigation experience. At Kretz & Romero, we have successfully defended countless individuals from orders of removal from the United States. With zealous deportation defense representation and decades of experience, we offer the legal assistance you need and deserve.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
If you have a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold or if you have been involved in removal or deportation proceedings with an immigration judge or other immigration official, it is extremely important that you speak with an immigration attorney immediately in order to help you avoid being deported.
Forms of Defense
Every moment is precious when it comes to your freedom to live and work in the United States, and the sooner you contact competent representation from our firm, the sooner your case can be built to maximize your chances of being allowed to remain in the country. There are a number of reasons that a person can be deported, including the following:
- Failure to abide by the laws surrounding your alien status
- Becoming a public charge within five years of entry
- Certain criminal convictions
- Conviction of an aggravated felony
- Prostitution involvement
- Illegal or undocumented entry into the country
- Missing a hearing with an immigration judge
- Invalid documentation (visas, passports, etc.)
- Falsely claiming United States citizenship
There are several types of defenses that can be presented to an immigration judge if you are in removal / deportation proceedings. One form of defense is cancellation of removal for legal permanent residents. Individuals who have a green card can attempt to keep their status if they have had a green card for five years, lived in the U.S. for seven years, and are persons of good moral character. The other forms of deportation defense include:
Cancellation of Removal for Non-Legal Permanent Residents
Individuals who have resided in the United States illegally for ten years or more; are of good moral character; have a spouse, parent, or child who has a green card / U.S. citizenship; and whose family members with citizenship would suffer extreme hardship if an order of removal is issued can fight to get a green card to stay in the United States.
Adjustment of Status
Individuals who are eligible to get their green card through sponsorship by a family member or employer can fight to get a green card to stay in the United States. This is called an adjustment of status.
For individuals who fear persecution in their home country, asylum is an option. If this form of defense is applicable, they can fight to stay in the United States and avoid deportation.
An individual can request to depart the U.S. voluntarily to avoid removal and pursue legal immigration options from his or her home country.
Legal Guidance from an Immigration Lawyer in New Mexico
The New Mexico deportation defense attorneys at Kretz & Romero, PC are extremely familiar with orders of removal in the United States, and we know how to handle deportation defense cases. If you or a loved one has been involved in a deportation order or similar situation, we can help you. To further discuss your case, contact a New Mexico immigration lawyer from our firm! Time is of essence in situations involving enforced deportation. Call now!