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ICE Enforcement

ICE Enforcement Lawyers in Georgia

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is responsible for identifying, investigating, and removing vulnerabilities in our nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. It is part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

When someone is detained by the ICE, they may be in the facility for a long time while awaiting a judicial hearing or deportation from the country. Many of our clients at the Law Office of Jeffrey B. Kelly have been held by ICE.  Identity checks revealed that they have been ordered to be removed from the United States in an immigration case or is an unauthorized alien. 

If you've been convicted of a crime and want to come or return  to the United States, your immigration status may be jeopardized. One of our ICE enforcement lawyers can assist you with your pending case. Call our law firm to get in touch with our immigration attorneys.

What is ICE and What is an ICE Hold?

ICE is responsible for enforcing U.S. immigration rules and investigating criminal and terrorist conduct by foreign nationals living in the U.S.

To improve homeland security and public safety, it enforces federal laws controlling border control, customs, commerce, and immigration. ICE was formed in 2003 when the previous U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) merged their investigation and interior enforcement functions.

You have the same rights while dealing with ICE as with any other law enforcement agency: the right to remain silent and refuse permission for a search. You also have the right to speak to an attorney.

An "ICE Hold" (also known as an immigration hold or detainer) is a "hold" imposed on a person imprisoned in a local jail. When DHS suspects a detained individual of violating civil, federal immigration law, it imposes this hold. The detainer indicates that ICE wants to investigate the subject further.

The detainer asks that the sheriff's department contact ICE when the person is freed (bond is paid or the case is closed) and keep them for an extra 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, so that ICE can take custody.

Local law enforcement agencies think they are compelled to comply when DHS issues a hold. However, because the hold is not a judicial warrant and is not supported by probable cause, the agency has the option of not honoring it.

Before paying a bond, signing anything, or making any legal decision, Non-U.S. Citizens should contact one of our experienced lawyers. Otherwise, a person may face deportation before being ready or equipped to defend themselves.

What is the ICE Immigration Policy in the U.S.?

If you are arrested, and it is found that you are in the United States illegally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may detain you. Your rights and liberties are at risk after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It's just a matter of time until you say goodbye to your friends and family back in the United States.

During Obama's tenure, ICE focused on illegal immigrants with criminal records. ICE also gave priority to those who were deemed a threat to national security. Criminals, members of gangs, and suspected terrorists were ICE's primary targets. On the other hand, illegal immigrants generally lack a long criminal past or a poor immigration record. ICE had no plans to send them back to their homeland.

Are There Changes to the ICE Immigration Policy?

Because of the DHS modifications, certain groups of immigrants are no longer exempt from detention and deportation. It is now a priority to deport persons who fall under the following conditions:

  • are inadmissible on the grounds of fraud, criminal, or national security
  • have abused any governmental assistance program
  • remain in the United States after receiving a final order of deportation
  • convicted or charged with a felony or who committed a criminal act 

Who Are Considered to Be Illegal Immigrants?

The term "illegal immigrant" is occasionally used to describe those who entered the United States unlawfully. The new ICE policy targets all "illegal immigrants"; therefore, the agency no longer has meaningful enforcement aims.

The Department of Homeland Security and immigration services will require additional money to achieve a significant shift in immigration policy and enforcement aims, which Congress will almost surely grant as part of broader immigration reform. USCIS officials must use prosecutorial discretion to detach and expel immigrants.

How Do Criminal Records Affect My Immigrant Status?

Your immigration status may be affected if you are arrested or convicted of a crime. It can make it more difficult to get a work visa or citizenship, as well as raise the risk of deportation, especially for individuals who are in the United States without proper papers. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a felony and are attempting to immigrate to the United States may be denied entry.

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a government database of criminal records, tracks all arrests and convictions in the United States. If a law enforcement officer fingerprinted and photographed the individual, or if a law enforcement officer coerced the suspect to comply, the arrest will show in the NCIC computer.

Even if the arrest does not end in a conviction, the individual must inform immigration agents, Homeland Security employees, and State Department employees about the arrest once asked. If a person is questioned by one of these law enforcement authorities about an arrest and refuses to acknowledge it, he or she may be charged with "fraud to gain an immigration benefit."

Contact our attorneys for a free case evaluation if you were deported or banned from re-entering the United States.

How Can ICE Enforcement Lawyers Help You

Our team of immigration lawyers focuses on helping newcomers adjust to their new country. In many cases, we work to keep our clients in the nation legally by giving them persistent and successful criminal defense. Our immigration and criminal defense attorneys have experience with the following cases:

  • Driving under the influence or drunk driving
  • Protective order and domestic violence violations
  • Drug-related offenses
  • Serious crimes (murder, robbery, sexual assault, etc.)
  • Weapon-related crimes
  • Forgery and identity theft
  • Fraudulently claiming one's nationality
  • Unlawful reentry after deportation
  • Human trafficking
  • Other criminal offenses that may result in deportation

Your ability to remain in the United States will not be jeopardized by a conviction (or guilty plea). The last recourse is a trial, where we will defend your freedom and rights as an illegal immigrant. Our skilled ICE enforcement attorneys in Georgia can answer your questions concerning criminal offenses and their impact on immigration status.

We Can Help Protect You From ICE Detention

ICE's job is to enforce federal immigration, border, and trade laws to keep the United States safe from foreign enemies. ICE  has the authority to deport anyone who they believe is not an American citizen.

A competent Georgia immigration attorney can help you avoid deportation by putting together a strong defense. You should immediately retain the services of an experienced ICE enforcement lawyer who can evaluate your situation and stand by your side throughout the legal process.

You may have never experienced anything as terrifying as being arrested or threatened with deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Don’t worry. One of our experienced ICE enforcement attorneys at the Law Office of Jeffrey B. Kelly can help you avoid deportation.

Please Speak to One of Our ICE Enforcement Lawyers in Georgia

If you are detained or arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, our ICE lawyers will fight to defend your rights. 

For clients detained by ICE, we frequently get last-minute stays of deportation or removal, as well as assistance in obtaining bail orders for release from custody. If you are stopped, detained, or arrested by ICE, you can count on our immigration lawyers to help you out.

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