Understanding Deportation

Immigration is an impossible topic to avoid. With the Trump Administration currently in power, immigration has become one of the most talked-about issues in the country. Many of these conversations focus on deportation. Many immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, fear deportation for its impact on the life they have built within the United States.

Despite how commonly it is mentioned, most of us understand very little about the deportation process. I knew very little about it — even though I am a huge political junkie and am constantly hearing about it when listening to my favorite pundits speaking about immigration. I decided to educate myself by researching more about deportation. You can check out what I found in this post!

What is Deportation?

It never hurts to start with the basics first. Deportation is the removal of a person (or group of people) from the United States to another country. The amount of people deported from the United States each year depends on the president in office. Since the Clinton Administration, the amount of deportations occurring during a presidential administration’s time in power has been increasing.

Due to the Trump Administration’s strict stance on immigration issues, I predict that the number of deportations during the administration will increase as well. However, because the Trump Administration is still in power, we do not have data on how many deportations have been completed, yet.

Who Is Eligible for Deportation?

When we first hear the word “deportation,” many of us think about undocumented immigrants. Deportation, usually back to their birthplace, is seen as a punishment for those who have entered the country in an unauthorized way.

However, undocumented immigrants are not the only ones who are eligible to be deported. Immigrants or visitors in the country legally and violate the conditions of their stay are eligible for deportation. For example, if you’re a student who immigrates somewhere for school but does not complete said schooling, you may be eligible for deportation.

Non-citizens in the country legally can be deported for the following reasons:

  • Commit certain crimes — such as an aggravated felony or domestic violence — within five years of admittance into the United States
  • Are found to have committed marriage fraud
  • Found to have failed to notify the proper authorities of any change of address within the specified time period (usually 10
  • days)
  • Found guilty of document fraud
  • Are found to have smuggled undocumented immigrants into the United States
  • Claimed to be a citizen

Citizenship can be “claimed” by voting in an election, or other illegal actions.

What to Do

If you have received a notice from the United States government that you have been ordered to be deported from the country, don’t panic. The first thing you should do is contact an immigration attorney like The Law Office of William Jang, PLLC as soon as possible.

It is crucial that you contact an attorney soon after receiving the notice so that the attorney has more time to fight the deportation order before you are removed from the United States.

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