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Deportation Defense

Did you commit a crime and  now facing deportation?  
Did you enter U.S. Illegally or overstayed your visa and you were placed into removal proceedings?
Was your ‘green card’ application denied and DHS has initiated removal proceedings against you?

We’re Here to Help!

Removal defense involves representing and advocating for immigrants facing deportation from the United States. For many immigrants facing removal from the United States, the process involves appearing before an immigration judge in immigration court.  Legal representation is the single most important factor in determining whether someone will win or lose their case. Deportation orders issued in U.S. immigration proceedings have severe consequences. The first deportation or removal order issued by an Immigration Judge requires that you remain outside of the U.S. for a ten year period in most circumstances before you can benefit from even a green card through family sponsorship. More than one removal order can result in 20 years outside of the U.S. That is why it is so crucial to have a competent removal defense attorney to put your best defense when you are first charged with inadmissability or deportability and are placed in removal proceedings.

There are special forms of relief only available in removal proceedings that you may qualify for. However, each has unique requirements and different circuit courts, depending on where you liv and  may have different interpretations on whether you meet those eligibility requirements.

You need the help of experienced immigration counsel who can help guide you through the removal proceedings process, prepare your best defense,  work with you to help you challenge prior orders and reopen old removal proceedings with or without the cooperation of ICE.

Call us now to discuss your case. The more time you have to prepare your case , the better your chances may be.

About Our Firm

The Law Offices of David S. Santee is a Philadelphia-based law firm that represents individuals and businesses in a variety of immigration matters, including family-based applications for permanent residency and naturalization, employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, asylum petitions, and removal defense. We have  extensive experience with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, having worked on more than 175 projects seeking EB-5 financing. Our firm’s founder, David S. Santee, Esquire, has nearly two decades of experience practicing law. A seasoned courtroom advocate, Mr. Santee is the former Director of Trial Advocacy Programs at Villanova University School of Law, where he continues to teach a course in Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor. In addition to representing clients in immigration matters, Mr. Santee has also tried hundreds of criminal cases. He often represents individuals who are at risk of being removed from the United States due to pending or past criminal charges.

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  • “I have had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Santee for over 5 years and have relied on his superb skills and excellent judgement to assist me in completing complex cases to successful outcomes. Our organization wouldn’t be where we are today without the strong relationship we have with Mr. Santee.”

    Thomas Martin Vice President, Baker Tilly Capital
  • “Mr. Santee represented me on my appeal. He got my conspiracy charge reduced and my sentence cut in half so that I ended up with time-served. He saved me four years of parole!”

    K.T. Lawncrest
  • "I thought I was going to die in prison. However, today I can see the light at the end of the tunnel because of the dedication and hard work of Attorney at Law David Santee. Anyone who is seeking true representation from an attorney who is not going to take your money and sell you out should consider David Santee because he will ensure your rights are protected."

    Luis Gonzalez Former Juvenile Lifer

More About Our Immigration Practice

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Family Petitions

We represent individuals who are seeking to immigrate to the United States through a family member who is a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. This includes spouses, finances, children, siblings, and other family members.

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Employment Petitions

We represent individuals who are seeking to travel or immigrate to the United States based on their employment status. This includes priority workers, skilled workers, professionals with advanced degrees, and foreign investors.

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Removal Defense

We represent individuals in removal proceedings in Immigration Court. If you or a loved one has been served with a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court, contact us now to find out what defenses are available.

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Serving all of Pennsylvania

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