Deportation can begin with an arrest.
Removal or deportation can begin with an arrest or being detained either by local or federal law enforcement such as the U.S. Border Patrol or ICE. Some individuals, such as those at the border, are subject to expedited removal, but many more individuals are entitled to a fair hearing. During removal proceedings, individuals are given court dates. Between arrest and the first court date, some persons are detained. However, detained individuals are entitled to a bond hearing to determine if they are eligible to be released if the immigration judge finds that they are not a danger to the community and will appear at future hearings. The hearing to determine if a person will be removed is called the merits hearing. At this hearing, individuals have the opportunity to show they are not subject to removal or deportation. During the court case, individuals can hire an immigration lawyer to help them argue their case and prevent removal. If the person is ordered to leave, they have the right to an appeals process.
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