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What to do if immigration officers take someone into custody

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People in Maryland whose loved ones are facing deportation may want to contact the applicable foreign consulate. Immigration arrests are on the rise under the Trump administration, and foreign nationals have a right to contact their consulate for assistance. The consulate may be able to refer themto attorneys.

Acting quickly may be important because a person could be deported without due process. One man in California was taken into custody and deported in a matter of hours. Quick action may also prevent a situation in which loved ones waive their rights.

There are defenses against deportation. One may be a good character defense. A person who has been in the country for at least a decade, who does not have a criminal record and who has children who are citizens or has proof of having paid taxes may be able to use this as a defense.

People who are concerned about their own or a loved one's immigration status or who are facing deportation may want to talk to an attorney. Immigration crackdowns have meant that some people who were not at particularly high risk for deportation in the past may be under the present administration. Immigration law is also in flux and may be unclear in certain situations. In addition to showing good character, another defense against deportation that may be available in some cases is asylum. People who are facing persecution in their home country based on certain factors may be allowed to remain in the country. This includes people who are persecuted because of their race, political beliefs, religion or national origin.

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