Since Donald Trump's surprise victory in the presidential election, many undocumented immigrants have been asking me the same question: "How can I find out if I have a deportation order?". Here are a couple of ways to find out if you or someone you know has a deportation order.
It's easy to think that every immigrant who has a deportation order knows they have one, but that is not always the case. In some instances, immigration court or even the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues a voluntary departure from the United States, a process equivalent to deportation. In cases like these, some immigrants never find out the order was issued, especially if they miss court in front of an immigration judge.
1. Individuals Who Had Immigration Court
If you or the individual for whom you are trying to find information on have been served immigration court papers, it is easy and free to find out if there is a deportation order.
- Call 1 (800) 898-7180.
- Press 1 for English or press 2 for Spanish.
- An automated message will give you instructions and ask you to input your Alien Registration Number. You can find your Alien Registration Number on any documents that you have sent or received from immigration court.
- Follow the instructions to find more information, such as pending charges, final decisions, which court is handling the case, and any deportation orders.
Again, this number will only provide answers for those individuals who have had immigration court.
2. Individuals Who Have NOT Had Immigration Court
If you or the individual for whom you are trying to find information has NOT had immigration court, you should consult with a lawyer to find out whether there is a deportation order.
Without interacting directly with immigration court or USCIS, there is no quick and easy way to determine if there is a deportation order without the help of a lawyer.
Priority List of Deportations
Since Novembre 20, 2014, immigrants with deportation orders are on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) priority list of deportations. Trump has said his priority, within his first 100 days in office, is to deport individuals with a criminal background, a number which he estimated at two to three million.
In regards to the rest of the immigration population, Trump said on November 13, 2016 during an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes that he would make a decision "after the border is secure."