Deportation Lawyers in New Jersey
If you or a loved one is facing deportation or has been detained by ICE, it is imperative that you take steps to protect your rights. In recent months, there have been many reports of immigration officers violating individuals’ rights. Under the Trump Administration, there have been reports of increased enforcement. If you are being detained or have been detained, do not show immigration officers any false documents, do not lie about your status, and do not sign any papers without first speaking to a deportation lawyer. Doing any of the above could seriously jeopardize your case, or lead to possible expedited removal. Assert your right to remain silent and ask to speak to a deportation lawyer in New Jersey, like the Law Office of Eric M. Mark.
What to Do If You Encounter Immigration Officers in New Jersey
If you encounter immigration officers, you have rights under the law. ACLU offers helpful tips about what you can do if immigration officers come to your door or ask you questions about your legal status. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
- Remember that you have rights. Immigration officers do not have the right to enter your home without your permission or without a warrant.
- If agents are at your door, you do not have to open the door. You can speak to agents through the door or, even better, not speak to them at all. You have the right to do this.
- If immigration officers want to enter, ask to see a warrant signed by a judge. An administrative warrant of removal is NOT sufficient.
- If immigration officers say they have a warrant, ask that they slide it under your door. Here it helps to be working with a qualified deportation lawyer in New Jersey who can review the warrant to see if it is sufficient. The ACLU also provides examples of warrants to help you tell the difference between one signed by a judge and one signed by ICE officials. Here is a warrant signed by a judge. Here is a warrant signed by ICE. Notice that the warrant signed by a judge clearly has a header at the top of the page letting you know which court signed the order. There is information about the case. And, when you look below to the signature, the title of the person signing the document is clearly shown to be a judge. These are things you want to look for. Finally, the court warrant must specify YOUR address or name a person who lives in your home. However, the ICE order is very different. There is no information about a court case on these orders. The signature line clearly states that the person signing the document is a DHS officer. This warrant is not sufficient and you do NOT have to open the door if this is the only warrant provided.
- If agents force their way into your home, say that you have the right to remain silent, and ask to speak to a deportation lawyer.
The Law Office of Eric M. Mark in New Jersey can assist you if you are being detained by immigration officers. We can review the circumstances of your arrest, review the warrants that have been issued, and determine whether they are sufficient to result in your detention or removal. You have rights.
Understand the Deportation Process
Immigration enforcement has increased significantly under the Trump Administration. According to the New York Times deportation arrests have increased by 42 percent since the start of the Trump Administration. If you have been arrested or detained with an order of departure or order of deportation filed with a court and a judge, your options may be limited. However, if your circumstances have changed or if you have unique circumstances, your deportation lawyer may be able to convince a judge or ICE to issue a stay on your removal. The New York Times has reported on cases where one man’s son had cancer and on another case where a man had three children in the U.S.
However, if you take action before your case gets to this stage, you may have other options available to you. What does the deportation process entail? What can you expect? While every case is different and while there are circumstances where expedited removal proceedings may be put in place, in general, your case must first be heard by an Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice. During this period, a deportation lawyer can help you build a strong case, or can help you adjust your status through other means of legal adjustment of status. For example, some individuals are able to apply for asylum or, if they are married to a U.S. citizen, they may be able to seek a family-based green card.
Finally, if you don’t qualify for a green card or asylum status, in many cases, individuals have the right to appeal a deportation order, and the process can take some time. Individuals may be entitled to many appeals before they are deported. In other cases, your deportation lawyer may be able to convince the judge to issue a stay. During the process, circumstances could change. If you are facing deportation, the key thing to remember is that you have rights. Visit the deportation lawyer at the Law Office of Eric M. Mark in New Jersey today to learn more about how we may be able to help you with your case.
Know Your Rights
While immigration officers generally avoid making arrests at sensitive locations like schools, churches, and public demonstrations, these limits are not legally binding. There have been reports of immigration officers making arrests in courts, at traffic stops, and in other locations. If you are arrested by an immigration officer, take steps to protect your rights. Do not lie about your status. Remain silent. Do not sign anything without first speaking to your deportation lawyer. Consider reaching out to the deportation lawyers at the Law Office of Eric M. Mark in New Jersey. Our firm can help you understand your rights and take steps to fight for your case.