Will I be deported if someone tips ICE off that I’m illegally in the U.S.?
We receive a lot of phone calls from people who are here in the United States without lawful status and they’re very worried. They usually want to know, “If someone tips off ICE that I am here unlawfully in the United States, will I be deported?” There are several things to take into consideration when answering this question.
The first is ICE’s enforcement priorities. For example, their enforcement priorities may only include people with prior orders of removal or people with serious criminal convictions. If those are the enforcement priorities at the time, then those are the people that they’ll target. Of course, these priorities can change. There was a time when anybody who was here in the United States unlawfully would be considered an enforcement priority. The next consideration is what would happen if you were placed in removal proceedings? The main question there would be do you have any defenses, any forms of relief from removal?
It is a pretty complicated process, and we invite you to give us a call if you have any questions at all about this or any other immigration related matters.
Do you or your loved one need help with deportation related legal matters and have questions about being an illegal immigrant reported to ICE? Contact our experienced New York deportation lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.