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Removal defense, also known as deportation defense, refers to the legal process by which individuals facing removal or deportation from a country can contest their removal in court. In immigration law, removal proceedings are initiated by the government when it alleges that a non-citizen is in violation of immigration laws and should be deported from the country.


During removal proceedings, individuals are entitled to various rights, including the right to be represented by an attorney, the right to present evidence and witnesses on their behalf, and the right to challenge the government's allegations against them. Removal defense strategies can vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case but may involve arguing for relief from removal, such as asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, or other forms of relief available under immigration law.


Immigration attorneys specializing in removal defense work closely with their clients to build a strong case, gather evidence, and advocate in immigration court. The goal of removal defense is to prevent the individual from being deported and to allow them to remain in the country legally.

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