Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 2 months ago

Can a state in the USA legally expel people?

Either citizens or non-citizens? Is this possible at all? 


A random example to clarify: Maryland wanted to expel someone to Delaware?

Update 2:

So what if every Sheriff told everyone who the state wanted to expel to get out?

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Non citizens can be deported, but that is at the federal not state level.  No, they can't kick you out of a state.

  • 2 months ago

    No.  A local sheriff or chief of police can tell you to get out of town or he'll arrest you.  A judge can make a deal whereby you leave a town or state in return for a suspended or reduced sentence  Homeless people can be evicted from the sidewalk.  But states can't just expel people.  The Fed Govt can deport you if you're not a citizen, but if you're a citizen they can't do anything to get you out of the country (citizenship can not be revoked!)

  • 2 months ago

    I'm not sure in what sense you're talking about.  I mean a state can legally extradite a person who is wanted in another state, but they may not force a US citizen to simply leave and never come back.  Some states have tried, only for the courts to declare any such treatment unconstitutional.


    As for non-citizens, they can be expelled for any number of behaviors as they are not afforded the same protections as a citizen; albeit it is insanely rare for states to take any such actions upon a visiting foreign national who is doing so legally.

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