If you are a green card holder and technically a “lawful permanent
resident,” that does not mean that you are entitled to live in the
United States “permanently.”
permanent residents are expected to be upstanding members of the community, and if they commit
certain crimes, including
family violence, they can be deported.
Whether you have a green card or a nonimmigrant temporary visa, you are
subject to deportation if you commit certain crimes in the U.S., especially
those involving violence, fraud, or drugs.
Often, a minor misdemeanor crime, such as a first-time DWI without aggravating
circumstances will not lead to deportation, but many felonies and crimes
of violence are included under the federal grounds of deportability.
Family Violence: Grounds for Deportation
Family violence, otherwise known as “domestic violence” is
specifically listed under the federal grounds of deportability. Typically,
family violence refers to spousal abuse, child abuse, or violence involving
other household or family members.
While family violence most often occurs between family or household members,
it can also involve former spouses, former partners, and people who have
a child together, but are no longer in a dating relationship.
Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), if a noncitizen is convicted
of child abuse, child neglect, domestic violence (family abuse), or stalking,
he or she is
Even if the permanent resident has had their
green card for years, it does not matter in the eyes of the law. The permanent resident
can be deported at any time after they are admitted to the U.S. if they
commit family violence.
If an “abuser” has a protective order taken out against him
or her and they violate the protective order, violating their protective
order in itself can be grounds for deportability under the INA.
Are you a noncitizen arrested for family violence?
If you are a noncitizen who has been arrested for family violence, you
need an attorney who understands both Texas’ criminal laws and the
U.S. immigration laws.
Contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to
schedule a consultation with our Plano immigration lawyers!