“Permanent residents” and “visa and green card holders”
enjoy most rights and privileges of other U.S. citizens. They can both
work and live in the United States. However, if they commit
certain crimes in California, they can be stripped of their status as a permanent
resident or have their visas and green cards taken away, leading to deportation
and permanent removal from the country. They can even be banned from returning
to the country.
Immigration and Nationality Act
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) specifies people who can be deported
for crimes they commit. Non-citizens can be removed (deported) if convicted
of certain crimes. They can be expelled despite their length of stay,
extend of establishment, or whether or not they have dependent children
who are U.S. citizens. Whether or not they have green cards, visas, asylum,
or are legal permanent residents, people can still be deported if they
have committed any crime in the deportable crime categories.
There are five crime categories for which a person could be deported in
California. They include:
Firearms offenses: convictions of buying, selling, possessing, or carrying a firearm;
Drug offenses: convictions of possessing, distributing, or selling drugs unless the conviction
was for possession for person use of 30 grams of marijuana ;
- Domestic Violence: convictions for domestic violence as a misdemeanor or felony;
- Aggravated Felonies: Conviction of an aggravated felony after being admitted
to the U.S. such as murder, rape, stalking, child abuse, or any crime
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude: includes murder, rape, arson, DUI, fraud, and
assault with a deadly weapon.
- Crimes Against the United States or its citizens: espionage, treason, or
Click here for a list of additional Deportable Crimes
Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
Because of recent changes to immigration policy, Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) can now open deportation proceedings to legal and illegal
immigrants, if they have been convicted or accused of a serious crime.
People are more worried and under stress than usual as an immigrant in
the United States. Our firm has received many inquiries from concerned
people about ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) warrants and their
risk of deportation.
If you’re not a U.S. citizen and you’ve been arrested, charged
or convicted for a criminal offense in Los Angeles that can lead to deportation,
call and talk to one of our experienced attorneys and learn how we can
help you. Under the current administration, you may be at serious risk
of deportation. Our
Los Angeles deportation defense attorneys might make the difference between staying in the United States and being
removed from the country. Call Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners to
schedule a confidential, free initial consultation at our office.