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A deportation can also be called a “removal,” and is what happens when the government orders that a non-citizen is removed from the United States for any of a number of reasons. This typically occurs after an immigrant violates immigration laws, or some serious criminal laws. A deportation can also happen if a person makes a false claim to U.S. citizenship, especially for their own personal benefit.
The deportation process is begun with a Notice to Appear (NTA), which is a document that tells you of proceedings against you. This document tells you that you must appear in Immigration Court, telling you of either a specified date, or telling you that the date will be determined in the future. The NTA will either be delivered personally, mailed to the last known address, or mailed to the attorney of the person who is at risk of deportation.
There is an immigration policy called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allows some illegal and undocumented immigrants that entered the country before turning 16 and before a certain date to receive work permit as well as being exempt from being deported. These work permit are on a two-year, renewable basis. DACA can give people non-immigrant legal status, though it does not provide a path to becoming a U.S. citizen.
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