Removal and Deportation Defense
Family-Based U.S. Immigration
U.S. Immigration & International Business Attorneys
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Naturalization and Citizenship
Since the enactment of IIRIRA under President Clinton in 1996, Crimmigration law, or Immigration as affecting Criminal Defense law, has emerged as one of the important and specialized areas of deportation and removal defense.
Advocates including those at O’Connor & Associates PLLC assist immigrants when Congress or the Executive Office of Immigration Review or ICE seek to limit due process and the opportunities for immigrants to become, or to remain, lawful permanent residents.
More and more criminal convictions have been classified as immigration felonies, “aggravated felonies,” which prohibit immigrants from any relief against deportation.
This has led to a convergence of criminal defense and immigration law. The consequences of an immigrant’s criminal activity now go far beyond just time served in local, state, and federal jails. Punishment (“term of imprisonment”) and maximum term of imprisonment possible carries the potential for permanent deportation from the United States.
Often criminal defense attorneys do not grasp or appreciate the differences between representing immigrants and citizens; thus immigrants facing criminal charges must insist on seeking crimmigration lawyers, such as at O’Connor & Associates, not merely criminal defense attorneys.
IMMIGRANT DETENTION BED QUOTA
As if the imposition of stiff regulations for aggravated felony non-violent convictions and harsh rules for good moral character offenses, current U.S. deportation policy supports an unofficial detention bed quota.
Congress has set a bed quota that requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house an average of 34,000 individuals in detention on a daily basis.
62% of these immigrants are detained in private, for-profit detention centers, casting more doubt on the fairness of the immigration detention and deportation system.
IMMIGRATION COURT, BIA APPEALS OR CIRCUIT COURT APPEALS OR HABEAS CORPUS
You may call or email O’Connor & Associates, (512) 617-9600 regarding your criminal or immigration problem, email firstname.lastname@example.org