Immigrants who are living in the United States face the chances of deportation, which is removal by the federal government. There are various reasons for deportation, and they apply to those who are living here illegally.

If faced with deportation, there are a few options for the immigrant.

Reasons for deportation

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, President Trump ordered new immigration policies, and it outlined the reasons for deportation. One is if someone comes to the U.S. and has forged documents or the lack of proper travel documents. Another reason is if the immigrant has a criminal offense unresolved charge or conviction, or if the person committed a chargeable crime. Other reasons include

  • A person is facing a final removal order but has not left
  • A person abused a public benefit program
  • Someone poses a perceived risk to national security or public safety

Deportation is also a possibility for someone who participated in marriage fraud to gain access to the United States.

Options if facing deportation

The United States Government discusses what happens when someone is facing deportation. If someone shows up at the border and does not have the proper documents, immediate deportation usually occurs. For others, the process is longer because the case goes through a court hearing. An immigrant may spend time in a detention center prior to a judge hearing the case.

If the judge rules in favor of deportation, the person must first receive travel documents from his or her country before the removal process. The U.S. government pays for most of the removals from the United States. A person may also appeal a deportation ruling.

An immigrant facing deportation may also voluntarily leave on his or her own before going through the removal process. Some may also be able to go through the process of getting a greed card through asylum or the help of a family member in the U.S.