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Study demonstrates the importance of having a deportation defense

One of the important tools any individual can possess is knowledge. One of the areas where it is extremely important to understand all of one's rights is the area of immigration. Under President Barack Obama, U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement has removed nearly two million immigrants from the U.S. Charleston residents probably have a family member, or at least know an individual who has had to deal with deportation or the threat of deportation.

A recent study was conducted by the Transactional Records Clearinghouse located at Syracuse University. The study showed that the success rate of immigrants facing deportation is at its highest point in over 20 years. Since 2009, the United States government has steadily been losing deportation cases. In fact, close to half of immigrants who face deportation are winning their cases against the government.

For those that are facing deportation or other immigration related issues, there is legal support available to ensure one's rights are protected. There are reasons one can face a deportation or removal proceeding. In addition to violating U.S. criminal laws, an individual can also face deportation for any violation of the immigration laws currently in place, engaging in marriage fraud or engaging in unauthorized voting.

Many times, deportation cases can come down to procedural or administrative issues. There are strict deadlines when it comes to hearings and appeals in immigration cases. Knowledge truly is power and it may prove beneficial for individuals facing deportation to understand their legal rights and fight to stay in the country.

Source: CBS News, "Half of immigrants facing deportation now winning cases against U.S., study finds," Feb. 13, 2014

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