Louisiana Immigration Law Firm

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What Offenses Could Get You Deported?

Immigration law can be complex. You can make it easier to be an immigrant in the United States by avoiding particular offenses that will likely cause your deportation. US Code § 1227 covers several of these crimes, including the circumstances through which you arrived to the United States. If you were an inadmissible immigrant at the time you arrived in the United States, that status is grounds for deportation. Likewise, if you arrived legally but are staying in the country in violation of current immigration law, that is also a deportable offense. You may also be in danger of deportation if you were admitted to the United States as a visitor and remained in the United States in violation of your status as a nonimmigrant.

Health and Safety Violations

Immigration law also includes sections regarding health and safety. If you didn’t comply with the rules and regulations set down by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, you may also be deported for the violation. Smuggling of another immigrant is also considered a deportable offense unless that person is a member of your family. The legal allowance of this offense must be determined by your attorney or by the Attorney General, who has the power to dismiss the case if they determine it to be a humanitarian situation.


Fraud can also be a dangerous venture. If you received a visa through marriage fraud (that is, marrying for the sole purpose of acquiring a visa), or if the Attorney General finds that you haven’t participated fully in your marital agreement, this is also grounds for deportation. Likewise, falsifying documents and citizenship status or unlawfully voting in elections can also be used against you.

Criminal Offenses

Criminal offenses in particular include a long list of crimes that will lead to deportation, including any act considered harmful to the community in general. For example, any felony conviction, high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint, failure to register as a sex offender, possession of controlled substances, firearm offense, act of domestic violence, crime against children, sabotage against the United States, trafficking, or any act of terrorism could lead to deportation.

It’s safe to say that most crimes committed after entering the United States will count against you if you find yourself facing deportation. Keep yourself out of harm’s way by reading up on your city and state laws and understanding your rights. I am committed and experienced Louisiana immigration attorney who understands the complex nature of immigration law. Contact my firm, Ashely Foret Dees, LLC at (337) 214-0670 or tell us about your case online.