In 2021, the Federal Trade Commission reported approximately 390,000 cases of credit card fraud, making it the most common type of identity theft. Those convicted of this crime can face up to 10 to 20 years in prison. Aliens, however, can get deported on top of serving jail time and paying fines.
A crime involving moral turpitude
One of the grounds for deportation is when the court convicts an alien for a crime involving moral turpitude. While it is difficult to define precisely, moral turpitude pertains to conduct that shocks the public conscience. Crimes like murder, robbery and kidnapping obviously involve this conduct.
However, crimes that are not as violent can also involve this concept. In one case, the judge held that acts intending to defraud are crimes involving moral turpitude. Accordingly, financial deceit, such as credit card fraud, involves the same and can be a ground for deportation.
Nevertheless, there are other requirements before the immigration court decides whether to deport an alien. For one, the conviction of the crime must be within five years from the alien’s date of entry to the country. Moreover, the alien must have served jail time for at least a year. This is applicable even if the court suspends the sentence of confinement.
Facing the case head-on
Understanding deportation proceedings can be a challenge, especially for noncitizens. While it will be a tough journey, those facing deportation can still fight for their ability to stay in the country. This is possible with proper preparation and competent representation.