Deportation Defense

Phoenix Removal Defense Attorney

Empathetic and Assertive Advocacy for Your Immigration Rights in Arizona

One of the scariest realities an immigrant might face is deportation. Attorney Leila Adams personally experienced such a situation when her mother was deported. She fought tirelessly to bring her mother back, and she will fight tirelessly for you. No case is too difficult for our firm to handle, and we will provide the balance of empathetic and assertive representation you deserve. We firmly believe in your rights as an immigrant and will do our best to defend you against removal actions like deportation.

Schedule a free consultation with Essien Law Group to learn more about how we can help you with your removal defense case in Maricopa County or anywhere across Arizona.



Grounds for Removal from the US

Under the US Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), there are several grounds for the deportation (removal) of non-citizens, such as:

  • Being convicted of a crime in the following five categories – aggravated felony, crimes involving moral turpitude, drug crimes, firearms offenses, and domestic violence crimes
  • Being in the US unlawfully (below)
  • Fraud (e.g., fraudulent marriage to obtain a green card, falsely representing US citizenship to obtain a government benefit, or forging an altered citizenship document to obtain government assistance)

Individuals who are in the US unlawfully can be removed by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers without a hearing. A person is considered an illegal immigrant if:

  • they have not obtained permission to enter the US;
  • they were inadmissible to the US at the time of entry or adjustment of their status;
  • their admission to the US has been revoked or terminated;
  • they failed to maintain the status under which they were admitted (e.g., enrolled in a university as a student);
  • they failed to comply with any conditions of entry to the US;
  • they knowingly encouraged or assisted another alien to enter the US unlawfully; or
  • they procured their visa or other documentation by fraud.

Lawful permanent residents (green card holders) and visa holders have the right to a hearing before they can be deported, and they also have the right to appeal a decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

What Is Removal Defense?

Removal defense lawyers have the critical job of representing immigrants facing deportation from the United States. The removal process involves appearing in immigration court, where an attorney will build a case for why you should not be deported. 

Depending on your situation, there are several deportation defense options available, including:

  • Filing a Motion to Terminate
  • Combatting charges of inadmissibility or deportability from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Requesting asylum
  • Requesting a Withholding of Removal
  • Petitioning for Cancellation of Removal
  • Petitioning for Adjustment of Status
  • Requesting a waiver of inadmissibility/deportability
  • Combatting USCIS denials
  • Seeking relief while in ICE custody
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Unique Perspective
  • Hardworking
  • Relatable
Hear From Our Clients

    Immigration is very complicated and you need an intelligent attorney to represent you, Lelia is that attorney.

    - Phillis M.

    I have used multiple attorneys in the past and Lelia has proven to exceed my expectations, she was completely understanding, professional and worked very diligently to the end and I’m so grateful!

    - Walter S.

    I have to admit that I was really impressed by the way she handle the case to bring it to a successful outcome in a very short period of time.

    - Elie Z.

    We are grateful to you Lelia Adams for your efforts you made since the very beginning of my husband Aloysius Davis Immigration process from South Korea

    - Alice D.

    Her knowledge of the laws when it comes to immigration is impeccable.

    - Timothy W.
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Trust Us to Handle Your Case

Removal defense is a tricky area of immigration law that is best handled by an experienced professional. At Essien Law Group, we bring both personal experience and professional experience to the firm. We understand the mental and emotional distress associated with threats of deportation, having undergone it ourselves for our family. You can trust us to put up a passioned and assertive fight for your defense against removal, and we will do our best to secure a cancellation or other option for terminating the deportation action against you.


Schedule a free initial consultation with our firm today to discuss your legal options in more detail. Don’t face this obstacle alone when we can stand by you.


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