Recently, I guest blogged on the site for attorney Robert Rogers on the Critical Role of Immigration Attorneys in Criminal Cases. Too many times, I have seen situations that could have been handled better in criminal court had an immigration attorney been involved. It’s an interesting read, please share your thoughts!
In recent months, the topic of the criminal justice system and immigration has been hotly debated. Much of this discussion is as a result of a recent high profile case in California, and comments made in conjunction with the upcoming Presidential elections.
Let’s start by clearing up a few things.
Not all immigrants are here illegally.
One can become a legal resident in this country by coming here through a family member or spouse, as a student, sponsored by an employer, for business, or by seeking asylum from persecution in his/her home country (like during a time of civil war, a coup, or ethnic cleansing).
There is a perception by some people that all immigrants come to this country illegally, commit crimes at will and are clogging up the criminal justice system. This is simply untrue, and the majority of people who are incarcerated across the country are not from immigrant backgrounds. Those who do cross the border illegally, or stay longer than their legal status allows, face deportation when caught. If you are an illegal immigrant who commits a crime in the United States, you are subject to deportation not only for the crime, but for the illegal entry into the country.
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