The formal removal of an alien from the United States when the alien has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. Deportation is ordered by an immigration judge without any punishment being imposed or contemplated. Prior to April 1997 deportation and exclusion were separate removal procedures. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 consolidated these procedures. After April 1, 1997, aliens in and admitted to the United States may be subject to removal based on deportability. Now called Removal, this function is managed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Removal, or deportation, is one of the most frightening things a person can face if he or she is arrested by USCIS immigration detention officials. Every year thousands of families are torn apart because of removal proceedings. Removal, or deportation, is one option the United States government has of returning illegal immigrants to their country of origin. However, there are other options that the courts often feel are better for the individual and family members involved. If you or a family member has been detained, it is important to remember that you have rights. The Law Offices of Omer Rangoonwala is here to help you hold onto them and protect your future as a U.S. resident. Contact us right away.