The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) can be extremely punitive, especially when undocumented immigrants or legal permanent residents violate criminal laws. There are numerous reasons an undocumented immigrant, or even a lawful permanent resident, might face removal (also known as deportation) from the United States. In fact, approximately twelve million immigrants are in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) at any given time.
This means it is incredibly important for immigrants in the U.S. facing criminal charges to speak with an immigration attorney before accepting any plea agreement with the government. If you already have a criminal conviction, it is also important to talk to an immigration attorney before filing a naturalization or family based adjustment of status application with the immigration service. Failure to do so could result in your removal from the United States.
An immigration court's rules are strict and can be very confusing. This is also an area of the law that changes rapidly. And, while the law gives immigrants the right to an attorney in most proceedings, the government doesn't necessarily have to pay for one.
If you do end up in removal proceedings, it’s not too late to take action that could prevent your removal from the United States. The Bustos Law Firm offers knowledgeable and experienced deportation lawyers who can help represent immigrants facing removal.