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What to do if immigration officers arrest a family member

Immigration-related arrests are increasing in Arizona and other parts of the country, and a family member might be taken into custody for this reason. When this happens, it may be important to act quickly because the person may be deported after a short period of time. This deportation might happen without due process and could result in the person having trouble returning to the United States.

However, immigrants do have rights, and deportation can be stopped in some cases. Family members can contact an attorney or the foreign consulate. Contacting a consulate is a right of all foreign citizens, and the consulate may be able to assist a person in finding an attorney.

There are certain factors that may help prevent a deportation. If a person has resided in the United States for at least 10 years with no criminal history and can present proof of having children who are citizens or of paying taxes, this can show good character that might then be used in the person's defense.

U.S. immigration law is complex, and it is also changing rapidly. This means that certain situations that would not have led to deportation under previous administrations may be handled differently. However, an immigrant has certain rights that an attorney may be able to explain and that might be helpful in putting a stop to deportation. People who are not facing deportation but who would like to remain in the country might also want to talk to an attorney about how they might qualify for this. There may be a number of avenues ranging from having relatives who are U.S. citizens to having certain skills that are in demand.

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