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Arrest Can Lead to Deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Posted on in Deportation

Avoid Deportation by Immigration and Customs EnforcementA 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 arrested by ICE officers. 

What Are the Responsibilities of ICE?

ICE responsibilities include:

  • 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 Arrest and Deportation?

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

  1. April 2019, New Jersey: ICE arrested 123 foreign nationals in an operation targeting individuals deemed to be a threat to public safety. Ninety percent had been convicted of serious or multiple crimes, had criminal charges pending or had already been ordered removed from the country. DUI was the most common crime.  
  2. April 2019, Connecticut: A man wanted on charges of extortion, aggravated robbery, and gang affiliation in his home country was picked up by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and delivered to law enforcement officials in El Salvador. The man, who had been hiding in Stamford, had been arrested by local police on unrelated charges. While the man was in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Corrections, a name and birth date search revealed that the man was a member of the La Maquina criminal gang and that El Salvadoran officials had issued a warrant for his arrest.
  3. April 2019, New Jersey: In 1993, a Canadian man was sentenced in Florida to 18 months’ probation for vehicle theft and burglary. He returned to Canada and reentered the U.S. at an unknown date and place. In 2018, the man was convicted in New Jersey for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to 3 years of probation. ICE ERO arrested him in December 2018 during an operation targeting convicted criminals, and an immigration judge ordered him removed to Canada in January 2019. ICE turned the man over to Canadian authorities in April 2019. The man was wanted in Canada for a narcotics conviction.

Contact a Fairfield County, CT, Immigration Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime in the U.S., you should consult an immigration lawyer in addition to a criminal defense lawyer. An experienced Stamford immigration lawyer can help you understand what can be done to help prevent deportation due to criminal activity. Call Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, at 203-323-1440.  




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