When an undocumented immigrant is charged with a felony in Connecticut, courts cannot use the individual's immigration status as the sole reason to deny bail. On June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to reconsider a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that had held that denying bail to undocumented immigrants who had been charged with certain felonies was unconstitutional. The appeals court ruling had dealt with a constitutional amendment in Arizona that was passed in 2006.
Pennsylvania residents who have become naturalized citizens of the United States may wonder if a subsequent criminal conviction could lead to deportation proceedings being initiated against them. While this would not happen if the crime in question was committed after they were naturalized, they could be deported if illegal activity that occurred prior to their naturalization is uncovered during a criminal investigation.
If you are facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania, you should be aware that certain pleas or convictions in criminal cases may expose you to deportation and removal proceedings. Even if you are a lawful permanent resident, conviction for some crimes may result in the government's taking action to rescind your green card.
Pennsylvanians may be interested to learn about how President Obama is reacting to a federal judge's recent ruling. The federal judge in Texas halted the president's executive action on immigration, a move that is currently under appeal by the government.
Many immigrants in Pennsylvania might be concerned about the possibility that they may one day face deportation proceedings. Immigration officials changed their approach toward deportation in 2011, and the closest scrutiny is now reserved for those who have committed serious crimes or are suspected of being involved in terrorist activity. However, immigrants who do not fall into these categories often still face deportation over matters such as violating the terms of a visa or overstaying a visa.
Many immigrants leave their native country to find work in Pennsylvania and other areas in the U.S. but are quickly deported. According to a recent report, if those individuals return to the country illegally, they can be charged with a felony.
Try to imagine being trafficked into this country. It is frightening and depressing to even consider, but their are men, women and children who are brought to this country and to Lancaster County by less-than-legal means each year. There is no denying that these people are victims of crimes, so why would the federal government even consider locking them up?
As many people in Reading remember, President Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in 2012 as a way to provide work permits and temporary relief from deportation to young people who lack a legal immigration status who were brought to the country as children. This was Obama's way of skirting the failure of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alient Minors Act in Congress. Although many young people in Reading and across the country have taken part in the program, it does not mean that getting to work is easy.
Most people in Lancaster County know that when someone is arrested and convicted of a crime, they can be sentenced to jail or prison. If the offender is not a citizen, however, he or she may face deportation, even if he or she was not sentenced to prison. In fact, an immigrant can be stopped for speeding or driving while intoxicated and, if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decides to pursue the matter, the immigrant could be faced with removal proceedings. While it is debatable as to whether that is appropriate, it is not just immigrants who have been convicted of crimes that are detained and awaiting deportation.
Many of us have read stories in the news about how immigration reform is coming and that changes are already underway to help immigrants stay in this country. For example, immigration officials are reportedly focusing deportation efforts on criminals rather than on upstanding community participants, students and family members.