If you or a family member is being forced to leave the United States, it’s a good idea to get familiar with deportation laws. Milwaukee, Waukesha and the rest of Wisconsin follow federal laws on deportation, and there are a lot of gray areas. It’s usually a good idea to find a Wisconsin immigration attorney who can walk you through all of our deportation laws and help you understand the twists and turns that your case may take.
Deportation Laws: What Do They Mean?
A deportation is the formal removal of a non-citizen of the United States who has violated US immigration laws. People can be deported, even if this is their home, if they:
- Are convicted of certain crimes
- Overstay a visa or fail to register as an alien
- Falsify immigration documents
- Falsely represent themselves as citizens
- Commit marriage fraud (marry to get citizenship)
- Are engaged in smuggling or human trafficking
There are other reasons people can be deported, as well. Because deportation laws can be so complex, it’s usually a good idea to talk to an attorney who’s experienced (and who can speak Spanish, if that’s helpful to you) in this area of law.
What to Do if Your Family Member is Being Deported
If you or a family member is being deported, you’ll probably want to call an immigration law attorney immediately. Because there are several ways that you can argue against deportation, and because there is an appeals process in place to protect people from being unfairly deported, it’s generally a good idea to work with someone who knows what to expect.
Remember: the government is the party that needs to prove you are deportable. There are several ways to obtain relief from deportation, even if the government does prove that you’re deportable; that’s why it’s so important to work with a caring, experienced immigration lawyer.