When Green Card Holders Can Be Removed
Legal residents, also known as Green Card Holders, have been given the right to live and work in the United States. Different from illegal aliens, who are in the US without lawful documentation, and U.S. Citizens (residents) who have legal status, Green Card Holders have been given lawful residence for the extent of their card. But even with lawful legal standing, do you know that you can still be deported?
The United States Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) has set forth numerous grounds for which Green Card Holders can be removed and returned to their country of origin if they do not comply. It is important for illegal aliens and lawful green card residents to be familiar with the guidelines that ICE and INA has set forward, to avoid the possibility of deportation.
The guidelines can be found in Section 237 of the I.N.A and apply to both legal residents and illegal immigrants, but not to U.S. Citizens. The only time these guidelines can affect a U.S. Citizen, is if fraud was committed when applying for citizenship.
Some of the restrictions that I.N.A has placed of both legal and lawful aliens are the following; any of the following actions and/or crimes can make a person deportable from the United States:
- Marriage Fraud
- Smuggling another illegal into the United States
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Convicted of an aggravated felony
- Convicted of a high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint
- Convicted of domestic violence or stalking
- Convicted of child abuse, neglect or abandonment
- Engages in espionage or sabotage
- Engages in terrorist activity
These are some of several guidelines that have been given to all non-citizens. If any non-citizen (Green Card holder or not) is found guilty of any of the above guidelines, or any listed in Section 237 of the I.N.A, that person can be deported back to their country of origin.
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