Immigrants who are being threatened with deportation back to their home countries or exclusion from the United States often feel like they have no one on their side. But the immigration deportation lawyers of Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC have devoted themselves to defending people in removal proceedings throughout the United States. Our attorneys will vigorously defend you every step of the way. Contact us immediately after you learn of a possible deportation. Along with our many years of experience as immigration deportation lawyers, we also have tremendous experience in all kinds of criminal cases.
What Is a Removal Proceeding?
After a person is arrested or undergoes an investigation, a removal proceeding is scheduled to determine whether he or she will be deported. The immigrant receives a “Notice to Appear” (NTA) from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the federal government’s Department of Homeland Security.
The removal proceeding is presided over by an immigration judge, who hears arguments from both the immigrant’s attorney and the USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services), the government agency seeking deportations. The judge then hands down an order of termination, relief from removal, or a removal.
The laws pertaining to removal proceedings can be confusing and often change. In 1993, it was known as “exclusion and deportation,” but the new deportation law in 1997 renamed deportation “removal” and put exclusion cases in circuit courts. With 60 combined years of experience in immigration matters, our attorneys have extensive knowledge of all removal laws, and can use that knowledge to your benefit.
Past Successes in Immigration Deportation
The lawyers of Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC have helped many people avoid deportation. One client was seeking citizenship, but had a criminal conviction and was facing removal. We demonstrated that he gave a guilty plea without being informed of its consequences for immigration purposes, causing his original criminal charges to be dismissed and ending all removal proceedings.
With the threat of deportation over, we then began work getting our client citizenship. However, Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) then told us that they intended to deny the application because of the conviction. Attorney Scott Bratton filed a comprehensive response that convinced the CIS to grant naturalization.
Deportation Success Stories
(Our Success Stories: Deportation page has more information about this and other past cases.)