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What Are the Most Common Reasons for Deportation?


When someone is facing deportation, they may wonder why. They may have believed they were doing everything right. However, somewhere along the line they raised a red flag and now they are at risk of losing everything they spent all this time building. Unfortunately, that tragic story is one that is shared by many people facing deportation.

Generally, people can be deported for a wide variety of reasons. In some cases, it can be for reasons they don’t understand or that don’t make sense to them. That’s why it is important that people who could be at risk of deportation now or in the future learn the common reasons for deportation. That way they may be able to avoid raising any red flags and facing deportation now or ever.

Common Reasons for Deportation

As stated earlier, there are a wide range of reasons someone can be deported. However, some reasons are more common that others. Here are a few of the most common reasons for deportation:

  • Violating Immigration Laws – A person may be deported if they violate U.S. immigration laws. For example, if they help smuggle undocumented immigrants into the country or participate in a fraudulent green card marriage.
  • Failure to Report Change of Address – Immigrants have 10 days to submit change of address information to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or it is a violation, and they can be at risk of deportation.
  • Committing a Crime – While not every crime can be grounds for deportation, there are several crimes that an immigrant can commit that can lead to them getting deported. Examples of crimes that can get someone deported include smuggling undocumented immigrants, domestic violence, rape, murder, money laundering, terrorism, espionage, trafficking firearms, drug offenses, and fraud.
  • Failing to Maintain Status and/or Obey Terms of Visa – There are certain rules that those who have been issued visas must follow or they risk being deported. For instance, a person with a J-1 exchange visa is prohibited from leaving their program and accepting a job. Another example would be if a person here on a tourist visa took a job, which is not allowed.
  • Accepting Government Assistance – Anyone who is here on a green card is not allowed to accept government assistance. If they do, it can be grounds for deportation depending on the circumstances.

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People work too hard to get to this country and establish a life just for it to be torn away in an instant. That’s why it is crucial for anyone who is facing deportation to have a strong and experienced legal advocate in their corner fighting for their right to stay here.

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