Many immigrants live in fear of deportation. This fear is not only a reality for the individual but for his or her loved ones as well.
If your loved one is currently facing the threat of deportation, there are things you need to know about the potential next steps available to you.
Know your options
Whether your loved one is currently detained or received a bond or deportation order, you can challenge or attempt to fight against his or her removal from the United States.
First, investigate the circumstances of the deportation order or detention. Deportation and detention are processes used when an immigrant is potentially in violation of U.S. law, whether immigration or otherwise.
If you suspect that an unlawful or unfair deportation process has begun, you and your loved one may file a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security.
Those facing deportation can initiate an adjustment of their residency status. As his or her loved one, you can submit a petition for your relative to establish permanent residency. You can also help your loved one to determine if he or she qualifies for asylum status, if the removal order is eligible for cancellation or if he or she is eligible for another avenue for green card application.
Make a plan
Any person detained or issued a deportation order should know their rights. You and your loved one have the right to remain silent and obtain a court-issued warrant or order.
If detained, your loved one should have U.S. identification on his or her person and should memorize any phone numbers and relevant information they might need. Your loved one should avoid signing documents without consulting professional options.