Certain crimes committed by non-citizens are grounds for deportation. A foreign national can be forced to leave the United States and deported to their home country for certain offenses. The United States Code includes the following deportable offenses:
• using fraudulent documents to enter the U.S.
• domestic violence
• child abuse
• tax evasion
• marriage fraud
• providing misrepresentations or falsehoods on your visa application
• gun offenses, etc.
• posing a threat to national security
• engaging in terrorist activity
• drug crimes
• aggravated felonies
• helping others enter the country illegally
• overstaying a visa
• voting illegally
Any immigrant, including legal permanent residents (green card holders) can be deported for certain crimes. If an immigrant is convicted of a crime and the conviction is expunged, the immigrant might still be deported. It is important for an immigrant who is charged with a crime to hire an attorney with experience in both criminal defense and immigration law, often called crimmigration.
Deportation defense is a legal process to fight deportation based on immigration law. It includes challenging the government’s grounds for removal. It is the government’s duty to prove that someone is a candidate for removal from the U.S. by clear and unequivocal evidence. Additionally, it includes applying for relief from removal. In applications for relief from removal some criteria considered by a judge in a deportation defense include:
• showing that the U.S. government was wrong to place them into removal proceedings
• marriage to a U.S. citizen
• family relationship to a U.S. citizen
• fear of persecution in their home country
• victims of a crime
If you or a loved one faces the threat of deportation, it’s important to contact an experienced deportation defense lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at Godoy Law Office fight for the rights of immigrants in Illinois and help immigrants navigate the complex and numerous immigration policies, procedures, and regulations. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-912-0322.
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