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Record Number Deportations

There were a record number of immigrants deported last year. Many were deported for relatively minor criminal infractions, including driving or driver’s license infractions and DUIs. The government is focusing more and more on deporting those with criminal convictions, including minor criminal convictions. The government deports lawful permanent residents (“greencard holders”) as well as those here unlawfully. This article underscores the importance of knowing what effect a plea of guilty or no contest, even to the most minor criminal offense, will have on an immigrant’s status in this country.