What does immigration law say about stopping deportation?

The prospect of being removed from the United States can be terrifying. For those who are facing deportation, there may be options to delay or even stop the process altogether. It is important individuals in Texas fully understand how immigration law applies to their unique situations. Here a few options to consider.

Asylum has been broadly discussed in the media recently, but might not be well understood by most people. An individual facing deportation might be able to apply for asylum if they can demonstrate that it is unsafe to return to their country of origin because persecution or well-founded fears for their safety. This could be due to a person's religious beliefs, nationality, race or even membership in a social or political group. Receiving asylum is usually effective in stopping deportation, but applications must be submitted within one year of arriving in the United States.

If other forms of deportation relief are not effective, some people choose a voluntary departure as a last resort. This requires that a person leave the U.S. voluntary, but it also allows the individual to do so without a deportation order that might make it difficult to return in the future. This means that he or she can still seek admission at any time from a port of entry.

These are just two options for those hoping to avoid the stigma and legal ramifications of deportation. Under U.S. immigration laws, immigrants in Texas actually have many opportunities to delay or stop removal altogether. Because the stakes are so high in this situation, many immigrants choose to work alongside an experienced attorney when seeking relief.

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