Help From a Miami Deportation Defense Lawyer
Deportation or removal proceedings are among the most complex areas of U.S. immigration law. In these proceedings, an individual’s ability to continue living and working in the U.S. is at stake. If the person is removed, he or she might not be able to return to the U.S. for years. In many cases, people who have been deported will not be able to return to the country for the rest of their lives after their removal.
If your close family member is facing a removal proceeding, retaining an experienced Miami deportation lawyer at Pozo Goldstein is critical for mounting a strong Miami deportation defense. Our immigration attorneys are dedicated to protecting the best interests of our clients by aggressively representing them in removal proceedings and trying to prevent them from being unjustly deported from Florida to their countries of origin.
Overview of Deportation/Removal Laws
Under U.S. immigration law, several groups can be deported, including undocumented immigrants, immigrants who have violated the terms of their visas, and immigrants who have engaged in activities that are listed in the law’s grounds for deportability. Lawful permanent residents who have green cards can also be deported from the U.S. if they have done something that is a ground for deportation.
Under 8 U.S.C. § 1227, there are numerous reasons why a person may be considered to be deportable. Some of the more common reasons why someone might be referred for removal proceedings include the following:
- Referred from the asylum office after being denied for asylum
- Conviction of a felony or crimes of moral turpitude
- Conviction of a misdemeanor carrying a sentence of one or more years
- Conviction of an aggravated felony
- Conviction of any offense involving controlled substances
- Failed to notify USCIS within 10 days of moving
- Entered into a fraudulent marriage
- Failed to maintain status as a non-immigrant
- Violated conditions of immigration
- Employed unlawfully
- Voted illegally in a U.S. election
This list is not exhaustive. You should consult with a Miami immigration lawyer at Pozo Goldstein to find out how the grounds of deportability might apply in your case.
When the government places an immigrant in removal proceedings, the person will be sent a notice to appear. This notice, which was formerly called an order to show cause, will list the grounds of deportability and the laws on which the USCIS intends to rely. Bringing this notice to an attorney is important. Immigrants who are placed in removal proceedings have a right to be represented by a Miami deportation lawyer, and it is in your best interests to retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible after you have received a notice that you have been placed in removal proceedings.
Notable People Who Have Been Deported/Removed from the U.S.
Many people have been deported or removed from the U.S., including famous and wealthy people. Some of the people who have been removed for minor offenses include the following:
- Hans Eisler – Famous composer deported in 1948 after being accused by Joseph McCarthy of having ties to communism
- Joe Cahill – Prominent Irish politician deported in 1984 after illegally entering the U.S.
- Joe Doherty – Volunteer with the Provisional Irish Republican Army deported in 1992 for his involvement
- C.L.R. James – Journalist deported in 1953 for alleged ties to communism
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – Mystic and public speaker deported in 1983 for miscellaneous immigration violations
- Tim Maia – Soul singer deported in 1963 after being charged for possession of marijuana
As you can see, wealth and social status often will not protect people from being deported even for minor violations or unjust allegations. Each of these people might have been able to win their deportation proceedings if they had the help of experienced and knowledgeable deportation defense attorneys.
Several other famous people successfully challenged their removals from the U.S. For example, Charlie Chaplin was denied re-entry to the U.S. under President Nixon after leaving on an overseas trip after the instigation of a deportation and exclusion order by J. Edgar Hoover. However, his removal was later lifted, and he briefly returned to the U.S. in 1972.
One of the most famous people subjected to a deportation order was John Lennon, the lead singer of the Beatles. In 1973, U.S. immigration authorities issued an order to Lennon to leave the U.S. within 60 days, alleging that it was based on a 1968 conviction in England for possessing marijuana. In reality, the order was issued because of President Nixon’s fear of Lennon’s political influence on his young followers. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was ordered to investigate Lennon in late 1971 after he performed at a rally held on behalf of John Sinclair, a member of the White Panthers who was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for possessing two marijuana joints. Lennon had planned to tour by following Nixon’s campaign stops, and Nixon wanted him out of the country to reduce his influence during the presidential election.
When Lennon received his order, he and his wife, Yoko Ono, famously appeared and declared they had formed a conceptual country called Nutopia that did not have any boundaries and where anyone could go and live freely. With the help of a strong deportation defense lawyer, Lennon’s deportation order was overturned in 1975. He became a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. in 1976 and received his green card. Lennon and his wife continued to live in New York until his tragic death in 1980.
Consult a Miami Deportation Defense Lawyer at Pozo Goldstein
If you have received a notice to appear for removal proceedings, you should get legal help immediately. Without the help of an attorney to mount an aggressive Miami deportation defense, you could be removed from the U.S. for years or permanently. Our firm includes experienced immigration attorneys, including a former judge and two former immigration prosecutors. We understand how to present evidence to protect our clients in removal proceedings. Contact us today by calling 305-856-0400.