What exactly is deportation? Deportation can best be defined as when an immigrant must leave a country normally by force because of a wrong deed that they committed. Deportation can get a bit more tricky than dealing with a U.S. citizen. For an immigrant to be charged with a crime that could mean deportation steps must be considered before that. The first step in the deportation process is determining whether the immigrant in question has been living in the United States for more than 5 years. If the immigrant has been in the U.S. for more than 5 years they can’t be deported; but if it’s been under 5 years than mostly the person will have to begin proceedings for exiting the country. The next part of deportation is determining whether the person committed more than 1 crime that goes against moral turpitude. Moral turpitude is any action that goes against the nature of the community or good morals. The third part of the deportation process is being able to apply for a waiver to get another green card. In this instance, you have to have not committed any aggravated felonies or be a danger to U.S. Green card holders must have lived in the U.S. for the regular amount of seven years or more. There is a loophole for some instances when trying to get a wavier for a crime that involved moral turpitude. If an immigrant’s crime involved abuse, sexual acts such as prostitution and happened before you applied for residency in the U.S then a judge just needs to approve their readmission for a green card.
If an immigrant commits a crime that goes against moral turpitude, then they may have to wait for an allocated amount of time before reapplying to get back into the U.S. The time an immigrant has to wait varies on the severity of the crime. For little crimes or misdemeanors an immigrant may have to wait 5 to 10 years before reapplying to get back into the U.S.; however, if an immigrant commits an aggravated felony they have to wait 20 years before reapplying to get back into the U.S. When it comes to applying for a visa to enter the U.S. there are many different types of visas. The most common type is the nonimmigrant visa. This visa has certain conditions that an immigrant must pass before acquiring it. The immigrant that’s applying for a nonimmigrant visa has to show a strong affiliation for their home country. This means that the immigrant can’t wavier in showing their pride to live in their original country. If an immigrant shows doubt about their nationalism towards their country, then they could pose a national security risk to the U.S. This could happen because they wouldn’t have any ties to any country, so they might be easily influenced to commit a dangerous act while in the U.S. Another reason why immigrants have to show a strong sense of nationalism to their country is because they might not leave when their time is up. Two other types of visa that immigrants may often apply for is family-based sponsorship or an F-1 Student visa. The family-based sponsorship visa works if a family of immigrants is trying to enter a country that uses this type of visa such as U.S. The F-1 Student visa works if a student is trying to study aboard or gets accepted into a college in another country that permits F-1 Student visas.
According to sources such as Vice News thousands of U.S. citizens are deported by mistaken identity. This happens possibly because someone might be of a different nationality, but are U.S. citizens that may have committed a crime. This can lead to confusion and anger towards immigration organizations and the American government. On the other hand, people have been granted access to the United States who shouldn’t have gotten access. Homeland security monitors countries that we deem a possible to our national security. Some of the countries that are on the United States’ watch list are Russia, North Korea, Lebanon and Democratic Republic of the Congo. These countries are being watched for various reasons such as terrorism, trading suspensions, etc. The United States watch list ties in to deportation because if someone tries to apply for a visa or citizenship in the United States they may have a more difficult if there is on the watch list.
In conclusion deportation, can happen anywhere but most commonly is reported in the United States. Deportation isn’t necessarily wrong, but is sometimes misused and innocent people pay the price for a mistake. If we can have a better system to help with identifying who needs to be deported and who doesn’t that would work out for everyone.