People in Florida may find themselves facing a deportation order after committing a crime or overstaying a visa. Both documented and undocumented immigrants may be deported from the United States.
Historically, people have been deported from their countries for a number of reasons. For example, until 1730, England sent people to the American colonies for religious reasons. In the past, criminals from England were deported to penal colonies in such places as Australia and the state of Georgia. When mass deportations occur, they are often at the order of a country's executive authority instead of the court system. In some cases, countries have used deportation to get rid of people the authorities considered politically undesirable.
If a person has committed a crime, the deportation order might be issued by immigration officials or by a judge. People may be forcibly deported from the country. However, a person who is facing a deportation order may be able to fight it, particularly if the person is a legal immigrant and the offense is a relatively minor one. An attorney may be of assistance in such a case.
There are other factors that may also allow a person to avoid deportation. If the person is well-established in the community and has a family or if the person is seeking asylum, the deportation order might be dismissed. Establishing a need for asylum involves demonstrating that the person will face persecution for reasons such as race or religion in their home country. However, immigration law is complex and fast-changing. An attorney may be able to advise people facing deportation and their family members regarding current regulations and how to respond to the order. People may also need immigration defense if they have overstayed a visa or have other immigration issues.