Criminal Defense of Immigrants


§ 2.6 D. No 1 Slips Through the Cracks Any More

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In the old days, it was true that criminal immigrants sometimes slipped through the cracks and could live in the United States, even though they were deportable, for many years.  Not any more.  In the wake of 9-11, the federal government has greatly expanded the resources devoted to federal efforts to deport immigrants convicted of criminal offenses.  This factor, combined with the expansion of the definition of the term “aggravated felony,” and the restriction on relief available to noncitizens convicted of these offenses, has led to the deportation of greater and greater numbers of noncitizens.