We’ve had many Cuban clients who had a false sense of security when it came to their immigration status as a Cuban Adjustment Act Lawful Permanent Resident. They think that if they are convicted of a deportable crime, they will not be deported. Although historically this has been the case, times are changing and more and more people are and are going to be physically deported to Cuba.
Who can be deported?
If you were convicted of a deportable offense, even if that conviction was decades ago, you would be subject to being placed in removal proceedings at any point in the future. In other words, there is no statute of limitations for deporting someone based on a criminal conviction. If you were placed in removal proceedings and ordered removed, but weren’t physically deported to Cuba because of existing relations at the time, you also can be deported based on that prior order at any time in the future. The only thing standing between you and physical deportation to Cuba is whether Cuba accepts you back and whether U.S. policy to physically deport Cubans becomes more widespread. So, once relations between Cuba and the United States thaw and certainly if the Cuban government transitions to a democratic government.