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Immigration Reform News and How Crimes Affect Immigrants

illegal-immigrationPossible Backing for Immigration Reform?

Speaker of the House John A. Boehner gave a new hope for Immigration reform advocates, indicating interest to review and perhaps even embrace a series of changes to Immigration, however limited it may be.

The 1st indication was when Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser to Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has long backed broad immigration changes.

Mr. Boehner remains opposed to a single, comprehensive bill like the Senate-passed measure that would tighten border security, increase legal immigration and offer an eventual path to American citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

With this in mind, immigration activists are still hopeful that politics may ultimately lead Mr. Boehner to ignore conservative voices who oppose a path to citizenship.

“The American people are skeptical of big, comprehensive bills, and frankly, they should be,” Mr. Boehner told reporters recently. “The only way to make sure immigration reform works this time is to address these complicated issues one step at a time. I think doing so will give the American people confidence that we’re dealing with these issues in a thoughtful way and a deliberative way.” Full story, source

Risk Of Deportation for Legal Aliens

There are certain eligibility requirements that must be met in order to qualify for American citizenship. One of such requirements is that a person should be of good moral character. You will not be considered to be of “good moral character” if you commit certain crimes during the five years prior to filing the citizenship form or even if you lie during their naturalization interview.

Drunk driving, illegal gambling, prostitution, drug trafficking, committing terrorist acts are few of the behaviors that show lack of good moral character.

There are certain crimes that will bar you from becoming an American citizen and if you commit those, you will most likely be removed from the US. These crimes are commonly referred as “bars” to naturalization. Crimes that are “aggravated felonies” are murder, rape, sexual abuse of a child, violent assault, treason, and illegal trafficking in drugs and firearms are some of the examples of permanent bars to naturalization.

Aliens granted temporary stays for academic studies or temporary work and legal permanent residents (LPR’s) face devastating consequences when arrested for the types of criminal offenses which have significantly less life-disrupting impact on U.S. Citizens. Convictions for a number of criminal offenses, including but not limited to those listed below, jeopardize one’s ability to remain in the United States:

1.      Certain DUI offenses, including circumstances involving only misdemeanor charges;

2.      Crimes of violence for which a possible imprisonment term is at least one year in duration;

3.      Any theft offense (including non-violent shoplifting or the receipt of stolen property) having a possible imprisonment term exceeding one year in duration;

4.      Crimes involving controlled substances / illegal drugs other than possession (without intent to sell / distribute) 30 grams or less of marijuana;

5.      Certain offenses involving prostitution, gambling, pornography; commercialized vices and certain misdemeanor sexual acts;

6.      An offense relating to a failure to appear in court to answer to certain types of felony charges.

7.      Two or more convictions arising from offenses involving moral turpitude offenses.

Criminal convictions also imperil the prospects for obtaining asylum by aliens.

Being arrested or convicted of a crime can certainly affect your current immigration status. It can reduce the chances of obtaining a work visa or citizenship, and can increase the risk of deportation, especially for those currently in the U.S. without any legal documentation. Individuals attempting to immigrate to the United States may be denied entrance if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime.

All arrests and convictions in the U.S. are entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a federal database containing criminal records.

Even if the arrest did not result in a conviction, the individual is required to advise immigration officers, employees of Homeland Security, and employees of Department of State about the arrest when asked. If an individual is asked by any of these law enforcement officers about an arrest, and the person fails to admit to the arrest, it could result in his or her conviction for “fraud to gain an immigration benefit.”

Immigration and Criminal Charges in Florida

The law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A  in West Palm Beach is committed to representing legal and illegal immigrants facing criminal charges and possible deportation. We use our extensive experience in immigration criminal defense to protect the rights of immigrants charged with:

  • Drug crimes
  • DUI
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Animal cruelty
  • Weapons charges

Many crimes result in multiple criminal charges. If charged with drunk driving, you may also receive a speeding ticket, a reckless endangerment charge, or a manslaughter charge if someone was killed in an accident. You can remain in the United States with one criminal charge. If you have more than one, the possibility of deportation is high.

Hiring the most experienced Criminal Lawyer in Palm Beach County, Florida to handle your criminal matter is crucial to you or your loved one staying in America. A withhold of adjudication will not save the illegal from deportation on criminal cases; and too many inexperienced lawyers believe it does because the court did not adjudicate or pronounce guilt over the individual but this is not true with the Federal Immigration Courts. Do not leave your future to stay in America with a Rookie Lawyer. Make sure the lawyer has over ten years of experience and has trial experience in felonies, misdemeanors and DUIs, has handled over 5,000 criminal files, has experience in the Federal and States Courts, has appellate experience in criminal law, and has the fortitude to go the distance with you, the client, in the process of criminal immigration law.

Contact Criminal Immigration Lawyer Andrew Stine today for a free consultation. Hire Stine or Do the Time.

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