Removal Proceedings are commenced when a document known as the Notice to Appear (“NTA”) is served on a non-citizen, otherwise known as an alien, by the Department of Homeland Security. There are different branches of the Department of Homeland Security that typically issue a Notice to Appear; They are Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). When this document is served on a non-citizen the government has the intention to deport or remove this non-citizen, and with this in mind, hearings will begin to be conducted before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR”) immigration court where an immigration judge will review your case. Depending on your date and manner of entry, your present immigration status, your family ties to the United States, your criminal convictions, whether you fear return to your home nation, and some other factors, there are a number of defenses you can present in the immigration court to try to prevent your deportation. Also, it should be noted that immigration judges differ in their interpretation of the law, so the amount of defenses at your disposal can vary based on the immigration judge reviewing your case. It is important to hire an attorney who knows the immigration court in which they are practicing and the judges that preside over that court.