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Deportation: What Is Expedited Removal?

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Facing deportation is a frightening process – especially under expedited removal. Expedited removal is when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials deport undocumented immigrants back to their country of origin without an immigration court hearing. Immigrants who have committed fraud or misrepresentation might also go through expedited removal, even if they have immigration status. Our Orange County immigration attorneys explain what the expedited removal process is and your rights.

Expedited Removal

Below are those who can get deported under expedited removal:

  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Those who entered the U.S without inspection
  • Those who can’t prove they have resided in the U.S. for more than two years

However, individuals who are U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), those with valid and unexpired visas, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied children cannot be deported under expedited removal.

Your Rights Under Expedited Removal

If you are arrested and face expedited removal, you have rights that protect you. Below are some of the rights you should be aware of to protect your best interests:

  • You have the right to keep silent, regardless of where you are arrested.
  • You have the right to talk with a lawyer before you answer any questions.
  • You do not have to “show your papers.” You can simply request to speak with your lawyer.
  • You do not need to sign any papers without talking to a lawyer.
  • You do not have to open the door to your home unless they show you a judicial warrant with your name on it.

Whatever happens, it is best not to lie about your citizenship or to provide fake documentation since it can result in major consequences. Requesting to speak with your attorneys is the best course of action after an immigration arrest so that you understand your options.

If you face deportation and expedited removal, contact our Orange County immigration attorneys today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!


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