How is Illegal Immigration A Daily Problem?
According to an article in WPTV news, five men were taken into custody early Sunday in West Palm Beach. The men came ashore on a boat and were arrested at about 6:00 a.m.
Authorities say a Palm Beach Police Officer saw a man walking barefoot by the beach. The officer stopped him for questioning and later found 4 other men. Police say they suspect the men are from Turkey and the Bahamas. Their boat was found in the 1400 block on North Ocean Boulevard. All of the men are in federal custody.
One of the men was arrested for marijuana possession. Police and border patrol agents are still on the scene investigating.
This is one of many cases so far this year that point towards the continuing issue of illegal immigration. Immigrants are upgrading their mode of transportation from flimsy rafts to fast motor-powered boats. Generally, if the immigrants make it to shore, they cannot be turned back immediately but can be arrested. If they never make it to shore however, and are stopped by the coast guard, they can be turned back immediately.
Immigration in Florida
Florida has by some estimates, a million illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration into the country has had a tendency to, with it, spawn a surge of crime. If an immigrant commits a crime, they are generally put in jail, then deported to their home country upon release.
The most important thing in all criminal immigration cases is to act early. You can remain in the US with one criminal charge. If you have more than one, the possibility of deportation is high.
A criminal defense lawyer uses pretrial intervention to prevent a case from going through trial. By negotiating with prosecutors for a reduced sentence, a criminal defense attorney will work out deals to have their clients enter programs and complete community service instead of serving time in jail.
Being proactive in a criminal immigration case often makes the difference between deportation and remaining in the United States. Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you build your case and understand your rights.