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Airport Detention of Lawful Permanent Residents

Detained at the Airport? Protect Your Rights

Lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders) may be detained at Texas airports or other border crossings by Customs and Border Protection or Immigration officials. Such residents and their families often wonder why they are treated in this manner—as if they are applying for admission into the U.S. after they have already established lawful permanent residency. Possession of a Green Card does not convey the same rights as U.S. citizenship, so lawful permanent residents may still be subject to screenings by officials when they fall into certain categories.

Have you or a loved one been detained at a Texas airport? Call Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC to speak to our Houston immigration attorney at (713) 597-5642 for help.

Reasons for Being Detained at the Airport

Border officials have specific rules they are expected to follow. Lawful permanent residents are not automatically permitted to re-enter the U.S. under certain conditions.

Reasons for airport detention include if the lawful permanent resident:

  • Left the U.S. for more than six months
  • Abandoned their Lawful Permanent Resident status
  • Was involved in illegal activity outside the U.S.
  • Committed a felony or crime of moral turpitude

Individuals found to be in the above categories may be subject to removal (deportation) hearings and will be issued a Notice to Appear by the border official. The Notice will state the reason for the deportation case.

Receiving a Notice to Appear does not automatically mean that you will be deported. You should, however, retain the services of a skilled immigration lawyer who knows how to fight removal through a thorough investigation into the matter and the use of appropriate legal remedies such as 212(h) waivers and other options.

We Are Available to Protect Your Permanent Residence Status

At Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC, we understand that these matters can arise unexpectedly which is why our Houston immigration lawyer is always available. Our firm is committed to helping you protect your Green Card status and will aggressively fight deportation using all of the legal strategies available.

Detained at the airport? Contact us at (713) 597-5642 for assistance today or contact us online.

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    Abraham J Galaviz

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    Abraham is very passionate about his work. He empathizes with Clients because he knows that his parents once traveled the same road his clients are now traveling. The people he helps all have a story behind them. He knows that his clients want the opportunity to work and have a better future. 


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The Results that Matter

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because of a previous conviction for – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Status Won Alien in Possession of Firearm - Aggravated Felony

    Client was arrested and charged in Federal Court for the offense of Alien in Possession of a Firearm – an Aggravated Felony for immigration purposes.

  • Case Dismissed Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

    Arrested for possession of 1,300 pounds of marijuana and in danger of deportation.

  • Charges Dismissed Client Released from Custody Practice Area Removal Defense / Immigration Detention

    Accused with 3 DWI charges and in danger of being deported after being a permanent resident for 34 years.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Medicaid Fraud - Loss was more than $10,000

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because she had previously been convicted of Medicaid Fraud – more than $10,000, which is an aggravated felony.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Possession of 862 Pounds of Marijuana.

    Client was arrested and convicted of Possession of more than 800 pounds of Marijuana in the Rio Grand Valley, and sentenced to several years in State Jail.

  • Charge Reduced Released on Bond

    Judge grants a reasonable bond after proving client was not subject to mandatory detention for previous criminal history.

  • Charge Reduced Removal Defense / Adjustment of Status

    Case terminated and Lawful Permanent Resident status granted for the wife of U.S. Combat Veteran.

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