Debunking common myths about immigration deportation and removal

On Behalf of | May 19, 2023 | Immigration |

Immigration deportation and removal are complex aspects of the legal system that often give rise to misconceptions and misinformation. It is important to dispel these misconceptions and provide accurate information to individuals navigating the immigration system.

Here are a few common misconceptions and myths surrounding immigration deportation and removal, providing accurate information to help individuals better comprehend these processes.

1. Any immigration violation automatically results in deportation

Not every immigration violation automatically leads to deportation. Officials consider various factors, such as the severity of the violation, the individual’s immigration history and the availability of qualifying relief or defense mechanisms.

2. Immediate deportation for all undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants are not subject to immediate deportation as a blanket rule. Immigration enforcement priorities focus on individuals who pose threats to national security, have criminal records or recently crossed the border unlawfully.

3. No legal options to fight deportation

Contrary to popular belief, there are legal avenues to challenge deportation. Individuals facing removal proceedings have the right to present a defense, seek relief and explore options such as asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status or waivers based on specific circumstances.

4. Temporary protected status guarantees protection from deportation

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) provides temporary protection. However, it does not automatically lead to permanent residency or citizenship. TPS holders must meet eligibility requirements and maintain their status to avoid deportation.

5. Deportation orders are irreversible

Deportation orders are not necessarily final. Individuals facing deportation have the right to challenge the order by filing appeals or motions to reopen their cases based on new evidence, changed circumstances or legal errors during the proceedings.

6. Immigration detention always results in deportation

Immigration detention does not always result in deportation. Individuals held in detention have the right to present their case before an immigration judge, challenge their detention and pursue relief from removal.

Debunking common misconceptions about immigration deportation and removal is essential for providing individuals with accurate information and dispelling fears and confusion surrounding these processes.