Immigrants have been drawn to the United States for hundreds of years.
The U.S. symbolizes freedom and opportunity, so it’s no wonder why
foreign nationals immigrate to America to build a better life for themselves
and their families.
When immigrants come to the U.S., they can be deported or
removed from the country if they violate U.S.
immigration laws. One of the most common reasons why green card holders face removal
proceedings is they are convicted of
Specifically, immigrants are convicted of crimes that are aggravated felonies,
or crimes classified as “crimes of moral turpitude.” While
U.S. immigration law does not clearly define crimes of moral turpitude,
generally they are crimes that are deplorable or go against the mores
Certain deportable crimes are also listed in the
Immigration and Nationality Act under
General Classes of Deportable Aliens. That being said, we want to address what can happen to legal immigrants
in the country facing criminal charges, and under what circumstances they
can get deported.
What Are Some Deportable Offenses?
As we mentioned earlier, “crimes of moral turpitude” are not
clearly defined, however, the Department of State has indicated that fraud,
larceny (theft), and
violent crimes are common elements of crimes involving “moral turpitude.”
If a crime involves dishonesty or
theft, it will almost always fall under the category of a moral turpitude crime.
For example, immigration fraud, identity theft, and credit card fraud
are all offenses that could lead to deportation.
Crimes involving physical violence or physical harm would be considered
crimes of moral turpitude. Examples would include aggravated assault,
family violence (spousal abuse and child abuse), and felony DWI (intoxication assault and
Additionally, U.S. immigration law frowns heavily upon green card holders
who commit drug-related crimes. In effect, most, if not all, drug offenses
can lead to removal proceedings.
Since there are too many deportable offenses to list here, it’s best to
speak with a Plano criminal defense attorney from our firm if you are facing criminal
charges. Our defense lawyers are well-versed in
deportation defense and U.S. immigration laws and are in the best position to help you and