About Removal Proceedings

About Removal Proceedings

Since Texas is one of the Border States, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are constantly dealing with immigrants, both documented and undocumented and deciding whether to let them stay or send them home.

With the influx of illegal immigrants in Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local law enforcement agencies, citizens and families are all looking for a permanent solution, especially one that addresses immigrant women and children fleeing gangs and violence in their home countries.

Deportation or removal proceedings are always in the back of immigrants’ minds. Will it happen to you, or your loved one?

The USCIS defines deportation as the formal removal of an alien because he or she violated immigration laws. Immigration judges are the ones who order deportation, and when they do so, no punishment is imposed upon the alien, they are simply removed from the United States.

As of April 1, 1997, if an alien was admitted to the United States, he or she could be removed based on their deportability. Today, this process is referred to as “removal,” and it is enforced by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE.

Non-Criminal Removals

Did you know that most ICE removals are not criminals? Rather, they are noncriminal violators who were picked up by Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) and officers patrolling the borders and ports of entry. In fact, the ICE reports that in 2015, 94% of the removals involved noncriminal immigration violators.

In 2015, ICE sent immigrants home to 181 countries; the top 10 include:

  1. Mexico
  2. Guatemala
  3. El Salvador
  4. Honduras
  5. Dominican Republic
  6. Ecuador
  7. Columbia
  8. Nicaragua
  9. Brazil
  10. Jamaica

With the influx of immigrants crossing the border every day, state and federal agencies are detaining immigrants daily. ICE is the agency that enforces our nation’s immigration laws, however, its first priority is to arrest and remove aliens who pose a danger to national security, or who risk the public’s safety, specifically convicted criminals and fugitives.

Are you, or a loved one facing removal or deportation proceedings? If so, contact a Plano immigration attorney at The Zendeh Del Law Firm for the experienced legal representation your situation demands!