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Immigration Defense

Deportation Defense in Florence, Arizona

People from all over the world find themselves in the Florence Immigration Court in removal proceedings.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through its agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), transports immigrants from all over the United States to Florence, Arizona.  The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), has established the Florence Immigration Court to process the deportation cases of the immigrants placed in removal proceedings.  The people facing deportation in Florence are detained in one of the four detention facilities in Florence: Florence Service Processing Center, Central Arizona Detention Center, Florence Correctional Center, and Pinal County Jail.

Where is Florence, Arizona?

Florence is located in Pinal County, Arizona.  It takes about an hour and a half to drive there by car from either Phoenix or Tucson.  Over the years, Florence has emerged as the prison and detention center hub of Arizona.  In addition to the county jail and private detention centers located there, Florence is also the home to the Arizona Department of Corrections largest state prison complex.  In total, the town of Florence is home to approximately 15,000 inmates and detainees, spread out over nine prisons and detention centers.  A recent film is dedicated to exploring the interesting character of life in this prison town.

Immigration Cases in Florence

The Florence Immigration Court presides over all removal proceedings in Florence.  Our clients with cases in the Florence Immigration Court come from a variety of locations and differing circumstances.  For example, many of our clients are placed into removal proceedings after they finish serving sentences for federal immigration crimes or drug crimes in the Phoenix or Tucson divisions of the U.S. District Court.  Our clients in these situations are transferred from the custody of the U.S. Marshal's custody, to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The Florence ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations office handles the process of determining which federal inmates should be placed into removal proceedings.

ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also determine whether it is appropriate to detain certain immigrants in Florence who are apprehended crossing the border.  When an immigrant who lacks lawful status claims that he is afraid to return to his country of origin, the Department of Homeland Security will often suspend deportation action until the immigrant has the opportunity to be interviewed by an officer of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) Asylum Office.  This process is known as a credible or reasonablee fear interview.

Other people are detained in Florence and placed into removal proceedings after they have been arrested for, or convicted of, certain crimes in other jurisdictions, both within and outside of Arizona.  Finally, many undocumented immigrants who are simply encountered by local or federal law enforcement authorities during routine traffic stops or other kinds of contact are often turned over to ICE and placed in removal proceedings in Florence.

The lawyers at the Law Offices of Matthew H. Green represent immigrants in Florence who find themselves subject to deportation under all kinds of circumstances.  We have many years of experience in aggressively defending our clients against deportation in the Florence Immigration Court.