California Santa Barbara Deportation

I live in California, currently in the city of Rosemead. Ever since I was little I was aware of deportation. Not everyone in my family was here legally, so I would overhear their worries. I was also aware of it through television shows and history books. I understood that deportation meant that someone was being taken out of the country. It is when the government removes someone who is not a citizen from the United States of America (“Deportation and Removal”). Although, I have never personally seen someone get deported I am aware of some of my family members who have been and of others. Deportation is something that is constantly terrifying and threatening non-citizens. I even have friends who are scared of being deported, especially now that Trump has become president. Even though I knew about deportation, I never understood what exactly happens and what all the proceedings are, which is something necessary to know,

There is something called an expedited removal. According to Nolan Rappaport, this means that an immigrant can be removed without a proper hearing. They are detained until they can be removed and are only released if they have a medical emergency. This sounds horrible and it is what Trump has implemented to try and get rid of immigrants at a faster rate. Apparently, he has made this apply to immigrants who have been living in the United States of America for two years. I feel that if they have been living here two years without any problems they should at least get a hearing to plead their case to a judge. However, there is one way to avoid this expedited removal. The person has to “…establish a credible fear of persecution or torture…” (Rappaport, Nolan). This will allow them to have a hearing before an immigration judge. Even then, I would assume many people do not know this and that it would be hard to establish this “credible fear”. I believe now more than ever, people need to be aware about their rights and what can happen during deportation.

A more helpful and caring deportation proceeding is called deferred action. Deferred action is the ability immigration courts have to not deport someone, (“Deportation and Removal”). This means that the person would not be removed. Sometimes it postpones this removal process indefinitely, (“Deportation and Removal”). I feel like this is the best possible scenario for someone who is being threatened with deportation. Although it provides no other benefits, it does allow them to stay in their new homes for a longer time. This allows them to be with their families longer, and if they end up getting deported they can make arrangements. However, this is usually granted to people who entered as minors. According to the Homeland Security website, this deferment for children lasts for two years and it can be renewed. They are even are given the authorization to work. However, for a child to qualify for this they have to meet certain guidelines and this does not provide “lawful status” (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)”). This is the best case scenario and I feel that if people have been living here at least two years and have no criminal record, then they should be awarded this opportunity.

These are some of the cases that can happen with deportation. However, what happens if a person wants to try and re-enter the country? If they enter illegally and get caught this leads to penalties. These penalties include “…a fine, imprisonment, or both. [The] penalties may be even harsher if the person has prior criminal convictions” (“Deportation and Removal”). They can even be deported and barred from the United States of America for a lifetime. Some people cannot wait to reenter the country because they need the money, or for other reasons. In an ideal situation they could just wait to enter legally. Removal from the United States of America will most likely “…result in bars, typically three or [ten] years long…” (“Deportation and Removal”). Usually theses bars are removed, but some can last a lifetime. Once it is removed the person can apply and receive a new visa to enter the country once again. This would be great, but visas have a lot of requirements and they are not easy to obtain. And once the person does get it approved it can take up to six weeks to receive. In an ideal world people would be able to move and enter countries in a much easier manner.

Deportation is a big issue. There are many immigrants that are living in the United States of America. Many of them are honest, hard workers. They are just trying to provide for their families and have a better life. They should be educated on the possibilities of being deported and what can happen if they are caught. I believe that they should know their rights and get a chance to plead their case to a judge. If they have no criminal record and have caused no trouble, why should they not be able to continue to live in this country?

Work Cited

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).” Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

(DACA) | Homeland Security. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 June 2017.


“Deportation and Removal.” Findlaw. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 June 2017.


Rappaport, Nolan. “What Trump’s ‘expedited Removal’ Really Means for Immigrants in

US.” The Hill. N.p., 24 Feb. 2017. Web. 28 June 2017. <http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-