- Many immigrants come to the United States and believe they have ‘made it’, but they forget that there are multiple things that could make them end up being deported.
- Misdemeanors would be enough to aggravate the immigration case of an undocumented person on US soil who expects to get some benefit such as a Green Card.
- For example, an immigrant should never use a “Green Card”, a Social Security number or any other document that has not been obtained legally.
Many come to USA and believe that they have ‘made it’, but they forget that there are multiple things that could put an end to their ‘American dream’. The following are the 15 mistakes immigrants make that lead to deportation or that can complicate their immigration situation.
It’s true, with the arrival of President Biden to the White House, both arrests and deportations have decreased, but that doesn’t mean that a ‘mistake’ can’t make you fall into the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and end up compromising your stay in the country.
Immigrants deportation: “Moral clumsiness”
What is “moral clumsiness? It is a term used by immigration agencies, they also use the expression “lack of moral character.” With them they refer to a civil offense or crime committed by an immigrant and that could end up complicating their situation before the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or, in the worst case, could lead to deportation.
Only serious crimes such as robbery, drug trafficking, murder or child abuse, could end in deportation, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). However, other minor offenses would be enough to aggravate the immigration case of an undocumented person on US soil who expects some benefit such as a Green Card or a protection under TPS.
15 mistakes immigrants make that lead to deportation or complicate their case
Ideally, anyone, national or foreign, should avoid committing a crime at all costs and not only in the United States, but anywhere in the world. However, some ‘mistakes’ are usually common among immigrants and even if they seem minute it is better to avoid them so as not to have problems with immigration. The opinion listed the council of lawyers and activists:
FALSE ID: An immigrant should never present a “Green Card”, a Social Security number or any other document that has not been legally obtained in the United States.
Mistakes immigrants make
The next two mistakes require the immigrant to be vigilant. VOLUNTARY DEPORTATION: Do not sign any document if you do not fully understand it, especially if you do not fully understand English. It is preferable to ask for legal advice. It is likely that while in ICE custody, you could be authorizing your voluntary deportation.
PLEAD GUILTY. If you did not commit any crime or misdemeanor, then avoid pleading guilty. Again, it is best to seek the advice of an attorney to help you substantiate your innocence. Pleading guilty to any crime will not help you with your immigration status.
DRUG’S USENo type of drug will look good on your record. Even carrying some “soft drug”, like marijuana, can lead to deportation. DRIVING INTOXICATED: A good portion of ICE deportations began with the arrest of a drunk driver or what the police would call driving under the influence of alcohol.
CARRY ARMSIn the United States, carrying a gun is legal, as long as you are a US citizen (although some states prohibit them in public places). What is clear is that people who are undocumented or have temporary protections (DACA or TPS) are not allowed to wear one. If you have a “Green Card” you should consult with your lawyer.
Don’t complicate your immigration situation
RISK TO NATIONAL SECURITY: To find possible threats, Homeland Security constantly checks social media. You may not represent a risk, however, your social networks are an ‘open window’ for the authorities. Through them you could find out your undocumented status or if it is related to a crime. Take care of what you post.
EXPIRED DOCUMENT: Each type of visa establishes an objective and a maximum duration time for your stay within the country. If you entered legally with a type B tourist or business visa, for example, you maintain your legal status only until the permit expires. After that date, the person becomes an undocumented immigrant for which he could also be deported.
Keep a clean record
KEEP A CLEAN RECORD: Immigration agents usually carefully review the file of each immigrant. Having any type of criminal record will only complicate your situation.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: This is a serious crime in the United States, which could lead to the person losing their immigration benefits or deportation. EXERCISE PROSTITUTION: It is a practice that could also complicate your case.
Don’t fail the judge
RE-ENTER THE COUNTRY: Those undocumented people who have already been deported and who re-enter the country are committing a federal crime. In addition, your situation is complicated if you have already done it two or more times. In this case, he faces several years in jail or deportation again.
MISSING AN APPOINTMENT IN COURT: Seek legal help if you are afraid of appearing in court, but never miss an appointment with an immigration court judge, as you could be immediately prosecuted for deportation.
Have you already paid child support?
ASYLUM REFUSED: Immigration officers carefully review each asylum application for a credible fear or valid reason to allow the person to stay; But if a judge rejects the request, the person will be processed for deportation.
STOP PAYING SUPPORT: Even though a person might consider it a personal matter, not paying support is one of those reasons that could complicate a person’s immigration process. 15 mistakes immigrants make that lead to deportation or complicate their case.
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