The law allows anybody to enter the United States with a visa for nonimmigrant status or a green card. They must still abide by specific rules and abstain from breaking certain laws. Several reasons are listed in the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) for deporting a person who is not a citizen back to their home country.
The number of unauthorized people in the US is excessive. DHS is focusing its efforts and attention on those who have been determined to be deportation priorities. If you have issues regarding deportation, click on read more to hire an attorney.
Who has the highest risk of being deported?
Level 1 priority
DHS’s top priorities are those who threaten public safety, border security, or national security. This includes those who actively engage in terrorism or whom the authorities suspect to be connected with a terrorist group. This also applies to individuals who are associated with deadly street gangs, have been found responsible for criminal offenses, or have committed crimes with additional factors. More often, those detained at the border while trying to enter the country illegally stay at top priority.
Level 2 priority
Individuals who recently violated immigration laws or committed certain misdemeanor offenses receive priority for removal on the second level. Anybody who has been found convicted of three or more misdemeanor offenses or a “significant misdemeanor” falls into this category. Serious offenses include drug distribution, driving while intoxicated, burglary, domestic abuse, and unauthorized ownership of firearms.
This means that you become a priority for deportation if you have a single driving under the influence, or DUII, conviction. A program called Diversion may be able to aid some individuals who were arrested for DUII to get their criminal record overturned. Diversion does not, however, reduce your priority for deportation regarding immigration.
Level 3 priority
Those who have received a final removal order on or after January 1, 2014, are subjected to the third level of enforcement. This means you are considered first for deportation if you received a deportation order on or after January 1, 2014. You are not included under this enforcement priority category if your deportation order was handed down before January 1, 2014.
Contact your lawyer
Kindly contact your deportation defense attorney to explore options if you or a loved one fit into any of the categories listed above or if you have concerns that immigration authorities are looking for you.