Deportation Defense Guide
How to Win Your Case in Immigration Court

When you attend a removal or deportation hearing before an Immigration Judge, make sure that you walk into the courtroom accompanied by the most experienced and knowledgeable deportation defense attorney that you can find.


Because the government will be represented by an attorney who has probably appeared in hundreds, or even thousands, of deportation hearings. I know – I am a former INS Trial Attorney.

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If your attorney is not knowledgeable or experienced in deportation defense, you will be at a distinct disadvantage. Too many people appear at their removal hearings without taking the time to find the best and most experienced deportation defense attorney to represent them.


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Instead, they look for an inexpensive attorney or, worse yet, appear without an attorney. This is a recipe for disaster.


Because you are creating a record before the Immigration Judge. If you lose, and then hire a new and better attorney to appeal the Judge’s decision, he will be saddled with the record of proceedings that you, or your inexpensive attorney, created before the Judge. The record of proceedings consists of the transcript of the hearing and the exhibits, including copies of any applications submitted on your behalf. If you do not make a good record before the Judge, it may be difficult for your new deportation attorney to win your appeal.

Even if an Immigration Judge finds you deportable, there are various forms of relief from deportation including:

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is located in Falls Church, Virginia. The BIA never sees nor hears from you. They only see the printed record, the decision of the Immigration Judge and the attorneys’ legal briefs. If the BIA rules against you and you finally decide to hire a great immigration attorney to take your case to Federal Court, the court must rely on the record of proceedings. You never get the chance to testify in court. With this in mind, use the information contained in the following articles and links to help you avoid deportation, and become a permanent resident of the United States.

U.S. immigration authorities would like to issue photo ID cards to immigrants in deportation proceedings. The plan is still being developed as a pilot program by ICE. The cards will not be an official form of federal identification but will be used by the Department of Homeland Security. The cards would allow immigrants to access information about their deportation defense cases online. The Biden administration is hoping for $10 million in a budget proposal for the next fiscal year to fund it but it is not clear if the money would be used to cover the pilot or a broader program.

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The Deportation Defense Guide is divided into the following subtopics:


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