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What is Expedited Removal?

What is Expedited Removal?

Expedited removal is a process that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to remove individuals who attempt to enter the U.S. without valid documents that authorize them to legally do so. Whenever an immigrant attempts to enter the U.S. through a border checkpoint, international airport, or shipping port, a DHS officer interviews them and determines whether they are legally authorized to do so. If a DHS officer finds that the individual is attempting to enter the country illegal or through the use of fraud, the DHS officer can refuse him or her entry and order that the individual immediately be deported. Being deported through the expedited removal process causes the individual to be barred from entering the U.S. for a period of five or more years, although there are some exceptions to this general bar on reentry. Furthermore, the decision of the DHS officer is final; there is no ability for the individual in this situation to appeal or appear before an immigration judge. There are two other situations in which DHS may exercise the expedited removal process. First, DHS may place an individual who arrived by sea within the last two years in expedited removal proceedings. Secondly, DHS can use the expedited removal process for individuals whom they encounter within 100 miles of an international land border and within 14 days of entering the country. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is composed of skilled California immigration attorneys who focus exclusively on defending individuals in deportation cases. We realize just how stressful and emotional deportation proceedings can be for you and your entire family. The uncertainty of a potential deportation can drag on for months and even years as you continue to build a life in America without any assurances that you will be able to stay in the country. As seasoned deportation defense lawyers, we know what it takes to successfully defend against deportation in a wide variety of situations and how to develop the best strategy in your defense case. Call us today and learn how we can advocate on your behalf and work toward avoiding deportation altogether.

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