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From Criminal to Immigration Court: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct

Electronic Publication (PDF version)

The Obama administration continues to make removal of “criminal aliens” a priority. With substantial increases in funding for programs such as the Criminal Alien Program and Secure Communities, even long-term legal immigrants with old, minor convictions are likely to be placed in removal proceedings at some point. Both criminal and immigration attorneys have a duty to their noncitizen clients to understand the interplay between criminal conduct and immigration law. Topics in this book include:

  • Immigration consequences of criminal conduct;
  • Immigration enforcement issues in Massachusetts criminal courts;
  • How a criminal client gets into removal proceedings;
  • Immigration Court procedures and practice;
  • Eligibility for bond in Immigration Court;
  • Waivers for criminal conduct and other forms of relief; and
  • Why it is important for criminal defense attorneys who represent immigrants to understand and be able to advise their clients about the potential immigration consequences of their criminal cases.
Sponsoring Sections:

Criminal Justice Section

Immigration Section

Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section

Related Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Immigration Law

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Published: May 12, 2010

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