U.S. immigration authorities have several reasons to deport an immigrant. The most obvious and common reason that an immigrant can be deported is by simply not having the necessary valid, legal documentation to be in the United States in the first place — either by entering the country illegally or having stayed beyond the required time outlined by their visa.
Still, even immigrants who have the right, whether temporary or permanent, to remain in the United States can be deported/removed if found violating U.S. immigration laws. Even more, the U.S. government can use more than 50 reasons to order you out of the country, most of them falling into one of the two primary categories below:
- Crime Violations
A criminal conviction is the most common reason for an immigrant to be removed from the U.S. Although not all crimes can get you deported, most of them can. Crimes such as firearms offenses, drug crimes, human trafficking, and domestic violence convictions can land an immigrant in big trouble.
A non-citizen who has been imprisoned for a crime is unlikely to be released at the end of their sentence. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can hold the immigrant’s release so they can keep them in detention until their immigration proceedings have taken place.
Additionally, an immigrant committing terrorist activities such as sabotage, espionage, endangering the general public, and attempting to control the U.S. government by unlawful means, is subject for deportation.
- Immigration Violations
Most immigration-related violations, such as overstaying a visa, violating your immigrant status, and falsely claiming to be a citizen of the United States are grounds for deportation. Errors and misstatements in your immigration documentation may also be grounds for deportation, this includes a green card application.
For example, you acquired a green card after marrying a U.S. citizen. If, however, the U.S. immigration authorities found and have proof that your marriage was fake, you can get deported for entering into a fraudulent marriage. You can also get deported if you submitted false documents in your green card application.
Having to worry about being deported can cause anxiety and timidity among non-U.S. citizens. It’s important to know that if you encounter possible deportation, you will still have the right to have a fair hearing. At Villegas Law Office, PLLC, we have the knowledge and experience to aggressively fight for your rights. If you or a loved one is facing deportation proceedings and you’re not sure what to do, contact us today at (956) 412-0707 so we can guide you through the process.