Committing a Crime
One of the most common reasons for deportation is a criminal conviction for certain types of crimes, such as aggravated felony, domestic violence, or a crime of moral turpitude (CMT) committed within five years of admission, if the prison sentence was for at least one year or two CMTs which did not arise out of a single scheme of criminal conduct. If you are not a citizen, it’s unlikely that you’ll be released from prison at the end of your sentence, since ICE has the authority to put a hold on your release. It is possible to remain in prison until the immigration judge decides your case.
Conduct-based grounds of Removal include things like drug or alcohol addiction and minor misdemeanors, such as disturbing the peace. You will have the opportunity, while in removal, to present witnesses who will attest to your good character, despite some instances of human error.
Deficient Paperwork, Unlawful Entry, or Fraud and Misrepresentation
The most common reason a person can be deported is for entering the country unlawfully or violating the terms of their visas after entering the U.S. legally. Entering unlawfully include entering without inspection, such as by stowing away on a ship or crossing a border or using fake documents to gain entry into the U.S.
Another common reason for deportation includes errors with or violations for document fraud, marriage fraud or obtaining a green card through fraud or misrepresentation. Failing to renew your green card or visa, falsely claiming to be a United States citizen, or helping to smuggle other aliens into the U.S. can lead ICE to start removal proceedings. It’s important to know why you are being deported so you and your lawyer can work together on the best defense for your case.