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When Can Arrests Lead to ICE Detention and Deportation?

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Orlando deportation defense lawyerA foreign citizen whose presence in the U.S. depends on a visa or green card must avoid actions that could attract the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and result in deportation from the U.S. Being convicted of a crime, such as driving under the influence (DUI), can result in your being detained by ICE officers. 

What Are the Responsibilities of ICE?

ICE handles a variety of issues related to immigration, including:

  • Preventing terrorism;
  • Combating international crimes such as drug and weapons trafficking;
  • Identifying and removing aliens who have committed crimes and therefore present a risk to public safety; and
  • Arresting aliens who have entered the U.S. illegally or have committed some type of immigration fraud.

What Kinds of Crimes Can Lead to ICE Arrests and Deportation?

A summary of some recent ICE arrests provides a good overview of the types of activities that lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and temporary visa holders should avoid:

  • March 2022, Laredo, Texas - A mother and son who are citizens of South Korea were indicted for trafficking in counterfeit goods at a business they controlled. If convicted, they could each be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, and they may also face deportation or other immigration consequences.
  • March 2022, McAllen, Texas - A Mexican citizen without legal immigration status was convicted of sexual exploitation of children involving the production of child pornography. He was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison, and following the completion of the sentence, he will be subject to deportation.
  • March 2022, Washington, D.C. - A Chinese citizen was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for committing mail fraud. Along with other conspirators, he had received shipments of counterfeit iPhones which were then returned to Apple in exchange for replacements. One of the conspirators has already been deported from the United States, and the other conspirators may also face immigration consequences.
  • March 2022, Brownsville, Texas - Two women were convicted of food stamp fraud involving the exchange of government benefits for cash. One of the women is a lawful permanent resident who was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. She may face the loss of her legal status, and following the completion of her prison sentence, she will be placed in deportation proceedings.

Contact an Orlando Deportation Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one have been arrested for a crime in the U.S., you should consult an immigration attorney in addition to a criminal defense lawyer. An experienced Orange County immigration lawyer can help you understand what can be done to help prevent deportation due to criminal activity. Call Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC at 407-955-5000 to arrange a free consultation and discuss your immigration case.  

 

Sources:

https://www.ice.gov/about-ice/ero

https://www.ice.gov/newsroom

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