Deportation is a legal process that the government can impose on legal U.S. residents for various reasons.
In Florida, there are several grounds for deportation that individuals should be aware of.
1. Criminal convictions
Legal residents may face deportation if convicted of certain crimes. A criminal conviction can be a significant trigger for deportation proceedings. Crimes that often lead to deportation include drug offenses, aggravated felonies and crimes of moral turpitude. In FY 2021, 5,895 criminal-related charges appeared on the Notice to Appear summons for lawfully admitted immigrants.
2. Visa overstays
Visa overstays are another common ground for deportation. Legal residents must adhere to the terms and conditions of their visas. When a visa expires, individuals need to leave the United States or apply for an extension. Overstaying a visa can result in deportation proceedings and potential bans from coming back into the country.
3. Public charge
Legal residents need to be self-sufficient and not become a public charge. Becoming a public charge means relying on government assistance for financial support. If a legal resident becomes a burden on the public by using certain welfare programs, they may become subject to deportation.
4. Fraud or misrepresentation
Fraud or misrepresentation in the immigration process can also trigger deportation. Legal residents who provide false information or documents during their immigration application, such as visa or green card applications, can face deportation.
Understanding these grounds for potential deportation is important for legal U.S. residents. Compliance with the law and immigration regulations is necessary to safeguard their status and rights within the country.