The term deportation refers to the act of the federal government formally evicting an
alien for violating any of the immigration laws or conditions in place. Deportation is also a
considerably meticulous legal process, and it requires court hearings and possibly a multitude of
appeals by the alien for the annulment of the deportation order. Criminal acts, participating in
unlawful voting, engaging in marriage fraud, and violation of conditional entry into the country
are all grounds for deportation. In the United States, there are countless differing opinions about
whether or not the deportation circumstances in use are too lenient or too harsh. Personally, I
believe that the conditions for deportation that are currently in place are neither overly strict or
overly indulgent.
As a resident of West Palm Beach, Florida, I am familiar with the immigration or
deportation of aliens, or non-citizens of a particular country, from my community. There are
many people that come from Cuba and make their way into my neighborhood. Many of these
people are good, hardworking, and kind individuals that have earned the benefit of living in the
United States. However, there are some of them that act unlawfully and thus forfeit their
privilege of living in the United States. Those who do forfeit such a privilege are the ones who
will end up going through the deportation process and will most likely be sent out of the country.
The requirements for residency of an alien in the United States are the main reason I
believe that deportation conditions are not too lenient. While I support citizens of other countries                      entering the United States, I do not believe in sparing those who have violated the terms of
residency. Many may feel that deportation is a harsh consequence for lesser infractions such as
marriage fraud in order to secure legal residence, but I believe that any violation of residency
conditions should be met with a termination of the residency. An non-citizen is not guaranteed
the right to reside in the United States. He is only allowed to be here because the government
granted him the privilege. However, it is exactly that: a privilege, not a right. If he were to do
anything that would cause the government to order his deportation, then he does not deserve the
privilege. The conditions for residency of an alien are made clear, so anyone that violates them
has done so purposefully. The United States technically does not owe any non-citizen residence
in the country, so if an alien has consciously acted inappropriately, the government undoubtedly
is right to ask the immigrant to leave the country. The government’s power to expatriate an
immigrant combined with the extensive conditions for an alien’s residence in the United States,
there is little room to call the deportation conditions in place exceedingly lenient.
The process of deportation is the main reason that I believe that deportation conditions
are not overly strict. When the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement serves a notice of
deportation to an alien, they have plenty of opportunities to appeal this decision. The alien has
the right to an attorney and a hearing, in which a judge will decide the validity of the deportation
notification. This is the first opportunity for appeal. If the notification is found to be valid, the
alien then has the opportunity to a hearing that includes testimonies from the alien and another
witness. This is yet another opportunity to have the deportation order repealed. If the deportation
process continues past that point, and the alien is still being ordered to be deported, the alien has
thirty days to appeal that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. If the Board of                                                      Immigration Appeals also decides against the alien, there is an opportunity to appeal to a U.S.
Court of Appeals. As a final result, an alien may even attempt to appeal to the U.S. Supreme
Court to overturn the deportation order. These are three more opportunities for the alien to
maintain residence in the United States. If the alien has gone through such an abundance of steps
to attempt to repeal their deportation order and every rung on the ladder has come to the same
conclusion that the alien is to be deported, then obviously the deportation is valid. Due to the
extensive process of deportation and numerous opportunities for appeal, it is a challenge to call
the deportation conditions in place unduly severe.
The conditions present for deportation from the United States are neither too strict nor too
lenient. While many may believe differently, the comprehensive terms of entry impair the
argument that the conditions for deportation are too loose; and the various chances to challenge
the original deportation notification damage the argument that the conditions for deportation are
too harsh.