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ANSWER: First of all, what they are doing is blackmail, which is a crime in most states. It is illegal.
Second, they, themselves, cannot force you to leave. They can report you to immigration authorities, but they cannot make you leave themselves.
One thing to consider to get legal is the U-visa, for victims of crimes who have assisted the government authority (in this case, the police) in prosecuting a crime. With this visa, if you can get the police to provide a form saying you helped to prosecute a crime that was committed—in this case, against you—then you can apply for a U-visa. If that is approved, then you can later apply for a green card to become legal.
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I aim to give you excellent service, even if the outcome is not what you wanted. So I am happy to answer any related follow-up questions you might have, at no additional charge.
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