Can you be deported to a country you barely remember? 

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2023 | Immigration Explained

If you’re worried about deportation, it may be partially because you’ve been in the United States for so long. You think of this country as your home. You don’t feel any connection to the country when you were technically a citizen before.

Unfortunately, it is still possible to be deported. You may barely remember your home country, you may no longer speak the language and you may not have any family members or connections there. But if you are still technically a citizen of that country, the U.S. government would consider that to be your home. You could still be deported and sent to live somewhere that you haven’t lived in decades, and that you haven’t seen for most of your life.

What is DACA?

One problem that sometimes comes up is that people are deported after coming to the United States as children. They literally do not remember their home country because they were very small at the time that they lived there.

Fortunately, the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) does provide some benefits. it essentially protects those who are brought to the United States as minors from immediate deportation. After all, someone who came to the United States when they were three years old – and who is now a 19-year-old college student – would feel like their entire life had been uprooted if they were deported back to their parents’ country. They may have been born there, but that is no longer their home.

Deportation can be very complex. Make sure you know exactly what legal rights you have and what steps you can take to protect your future.