For many of those working their way through the immigration and/or naturalization process in Illinois, the fear of deportation may be ever-present. That fear, however, is hopefully counterbalanced by the hope that during the processing and judgment of one’s case, immigration officials will remain respectful of their situations (and themselves).
Even in the event that one faces a deportation order, authorities still owe that individual the respect and dignity due to one lawfully trying to resolve their immigration status. If and when that respect is not honored, one might have cause to seek action.
Man allegedly assaulted by immigration authorities
Representatives of an Uzbekastani immigrant living in New York currently call for such action after the man allegedly experienced an assault at the hands of immigration officials. According to CNN, authorities detained him with the intent of executing a deportation order, yet court records confirm that a local circuit court granted him a stay in his case. The man pointed this out to the officials holding him, who subsequently claimed that they could not confirm the existence of the order. They then attempted to force him on to a flight home. He resisted, prompting them to use a taser on him multiple times. The altercation required him to seek treatment for injuries at a local hospital, during which time he says immigration officials altered his account of this incident.
Assistance in one’s struggle against deportation
This case serves to demonstrate both how difficult it can be to ensure clarity in one’s immigration case as well as securing fair treatment from immigration officials. One may have a better chance at guaranteeing the accommodation of both expectations, however, if they have experienced and reliable legal representation throughout their immigration (and deportation defense) process.