suspension of deportation
- A former immigration process that allowed undocumented immigrants facing deportation to apply for permanent residency if they maintained consistent presence in the U.S. for seven years, demonstrated good moral character, and could prove 'extreme hardship' to them or their U.S. citizen or permanent resident relatives if they were to leave
- The lawyer advised that they are no longer eligible for suspension of deportation, a law that was overridden.
- Because he could not establish extreme hardship to his family, his suspension of deportation was denied.
- Before it ceased to exist, many immigrants could secure their residency through suspension of deportation.