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How Does Someone Know If They Are In Danger Of Being Deported?

If somebody is in the country illegally or violated immigration laws then they are in danger of being deported. If you’re here illegally, meaning if you either came to the United States with a visa and overstayed your visa or if you crossed the border illegally and you’re here illegally then you’re in danger of being deported.

It’s a lot more complicated than that because the government does not have the resources to deport 10 million people who are estimated to be in this country illegally either by overstaying their visas or crossing the border illegally. The government is prioritizing its resources by trying to deport people who have, for example, criminal convictions. Those are the people who are here either legally or illegally but have a criminal conviction that makes them deportable. Those people are in a higher danger of being deported. That doesn’t mean that they are going to be put on a plane tomorrow and deported from the United States. The process is complicated and if the government wants to deport somebody who either violated their stay, has a criminal conviction or has some kind of immigration violation, like an immigration fraud on their record, most of the time they’re placed in removal proceedings to see an immigration judge. If the immigration judge orders them deported and they are detained because of their criminal conviction, actually they would probably already be detained before the order of deportation because of their criminal conviction, and they stay detained after the immigration judge orders them deported, then the government will try to either get a hold of their valid passport or contact the consulate of the country where the person is from to get a travel document. The government would purchase a plane ticket and physically deport them from the United States. Between being in danger of being deported and physically being deported, there is a very long road. Somebody would actually have to be most likely detained in order to face imminent deportation.

What Happens When Someone Is In The Process Of Being Deported Or Removed?

It depends on what being deported or removed means as to what happens as part of the process. Receiving a document called Notice to Appear from the government agency called DHS/ICE, which is Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to appear in front of an immigration judge means that this is the first step in the process of being deported or removed. Receiving a document called Notice to Appear doesn’t mean that that person is going to be deported or removed; that is only the first step. However, if we’re talking about the actual physical removal then most likely it is either a letter that the government sent to somebody’s home to the person who actually received a deportation order from an immigration judge and they are supposed to be deported. If the government then has time to go through their database and figure out that that person never left the United States then most likely they would come under the radar by committing another criminal conviction if they already had committed criminal convictions and then that would be another step in the actual physical removal; a letter for them to show up on a specific date at a specific time with luggage and suitcases to prepare themselves to be removed from the United States.

What Happens At A Bond Hearing?

If a person is in removal proceedings and they are detained and they’re not released from detention then they can ask an immigration judge for a bond hearing. They need to prove that they have a valid passport, that they have ties to the United States, that they have a good moral character and then pay a certain sum of money and the immigration judge would order for them to be released from detention while they are going through the proceedings in court. That amount would be returned to usually either a bondsman or a family member when the person’s removal proceedings would be terminated.

Can Anything Be Done If A Bond Is Not Possible?

There was a very recent Supreme Court decision which said that detained immigrants in removal proceedings are not entitled to a bond hearing. If somebody keeps being detained by the government while in removal proceedings and they ask the judge to give them a bond hearing, to give them a chance to be released upon paying a certain amount of money while their case is pending, and there is no bond hearing scheduled then the Supreme Court recently said that those individuals do not have the right to a bond hearing; specifically, that was referred to immigration removal proceedings. Technically, if a bond is not granted, you can ask for another bond hearing and another bond hearing and another bond hearing. Most judges would so far have given repeated bond hearings, but the most recent Supreme Court’s decision said that an immigrant is not entitled to a bond hearing.

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