Will I Be Deported if Someone Reports Me to Immigration?
July 4, 2023
Facing a deportation order is extremely stressful, and you may not understand your rights. Each year, about 158,000 deportation orders are issued by immigration judges. At this point, it is important to get the help you need when you suspect someone has reported you to immigration.
If you're living in Providence, Rhode Island, or neighboring towns or Boston, Massachusetts, and you're worried about deportation, you do not have to face these challenges alone. A reliable immigration attorney at the Law Office of Layne C. Savage has the resources to fight for your rights while keeping your best interests in mind. She has over a decade of knowledge and will apply her experience to your specific case.
Understanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
ICE is a federal law enforcement agency that is responsible for arresting and deporting individuals who are in violation of immigration laws. They enforce all immigration laws by focusing on border control, preventing terrorism, and ensuring public safety.
If ICE suspects that an individual is in violation of immigration laws, they can make an arrest. Once arrested, the individual has to go through a removal process that can be quite challenging, complicated, and stressful.
One of the essential things to know when dealing with ICE is the concept of prosecutorial discretion. This means that ICE has the discretion to decide whether to prosecute an individual who is in violation of immigration laws or not.
During this process, ICE considers factors such as the individual's ties to the U.S., family relationships, and whether they pose any threat to the public.
This is where having an experienced immigration lawyer, such as Layne C. Savage, can help you. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure that ICE makes the right, fair decisions about your case.
What to Do If ICE Approaches You
If ICE approaches you, understanding your rights as an immigrant is essential.
For example, you have the right to remain silent and explain that you want to speak to a lawyer before answering any questions.
You also have the right to refuse to sign any documents without your lawyer present. Also, if ICE attempts to arrest you, they must have an arrest warrant that has your name on it and has been signed by a judge.
Without this, you are not legally required to comply with any requests made by ICE, and you have the right to refuse to go with them.
If you or a loved one is approached by ICE, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety and avoid legal complications. Remain calm and do not resist arrest; this can make the situation worse. Inform the officer that you are exercising your right to remain silent and request to speak with an attorney.
Finally, do not sign any documents or agree to any statements without your attorney present.
Appealing a Deportation Order
While one of the most common questions is, "Will ICE arrest me for deportation?" it's also important to know what comes after the arrest - and whether appealing a deportation order is possible.
The good news is that being reported to immigration doesn't automatically guarantee that you will be deported.
Usually, when someone reports an immigrant to immigration, they will start an investigation, and if they find that the reported person is undocumented and whose permanent presence or residency is in a foreign country, then deportation could be a possibility. However, there are many factors at play that can influence the outcome.
If you are already facing a deportation order, you can still appeal a deportation order if you have valid reasons to support your case.
Seeking legal representation is the best way to aid your status. A lawyer can help protect your rights and fight for your stay in the United States, and they can also provide the necessary legal guidance to help you avoid running into more issues with immigration.
If being reported to immigration is based on criminal activity, then you are more likely to face deportation. Criminal activity, such as fraud, trafficking, selling of drugs, smuggling, or any other such heinous activities is not taken lightly by immigration officials.
Trusted Legal Assistance
If you are worried about being reported to ICE, don't wait until it's too late. Seek legal assistance from the Law Office of Layne C. Savage.
We have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process and protect your rights.
Don't let fear keep you from reaching out for help - contact our office today to schedule a consultation and get the peace of mind you deserve.