Legal Requirements for Deportation

In 2010, immigration attorney Christopher Stender successfully blocked the removal of Nigerian citizen Lawrence Eneh, who would have faced torture in the form of withdrawal of medication had he returned to his native country. As an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender has also spoken before colleagues on the representation of noncitizen criminal defendants.

Under United States law, any foreign national may face removal from the country if he or she violates his or her terms of stay. In many cases, this refers to the attempt to stay permanently in the United States without the proper paperwork. Documented immigrants may also become eligible for removal, however, if they commit an aggravated felony, a drug crime, or a crime of moral turpitude. Any and all drug crimes are grounds for deportation, with the exception of a single offense of marijuana possession of less than 30 grams.

Foreign nationals are also prohibited from falsely representing themselves to U.S. immigration officials and from withholding information about their own current address. Engaging in terrorist activity, espionage, or any other actions that endanger the United States and its citizens are all cause for deportation as well. However, regardless of the crime, no foreign national may return to his or her own country under duress if he or she faces torture in any form upon return.

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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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