Crimmigration blog post

The word “crimmigration” was coined in recent years by a law professor and is still not being picked up by many spell checkers. In simple terms, it denotes the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. This intertwined discipline has a long-winded history in the United States. In the first centuries of its existence, the respond to the unlawfully entry to the United States was usually deportation, not prosecution, while exempting those with close family ties or other compelling circumstances. In light of the recent legislations, partly inspired by the “war on drugs and terror”, U.S. Immigration laws have created a category of grounds for deportation based on a variety of crimes regardless of when they are committed, and made many long-term noncitizens such as lawful permanent residents (green card holders), vulnerable to deportation.

In 2014, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, removed (removal is formerly called “deportation”) a high number of 315, 943 people from the United States. Almost the 56% of the 2014 deportations were the result of a criminal conviction. Section 287 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows local law enforcement officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, caused the rise in deportation over the past decade primarily stemming from the Executive Branch decisions geared towards expanding immigration law enforcement in the wake of 9/11.

This area of law is very important; and for an immigrant client, often, immigration consequences of a crime are much worse than the penal consequences. Undocumented immigrants are not the only ones subject to such consequences. Convictions of a crime can also cause Lawful Permanent Residents to lose their green cards, deportation, or their ability to obtain U.S. citizenship. It could also affect their ability to petition and sponsor for their family members.

If you are a Non-US Citizen and arrested or accused of committing a crime, it is crucial that you seek the help of a licensed immigration attorney without delay, who has the expertise needed to handle these complex cases and is well versed both in criminal law and immigration law. Notarios, or so called immigration consultants who prey on the immigrant population by charging immigrants for the services they are not able, licensed, or authorized to provide, cannot help you. They may even totally devastate any chance you may have to immigrate.

Yazici Law is here to help you to stay in the United States and not separate from your loved ones. We have successfully handled many crimmigration cases, contact a licensed, experienced and competent New York crimmigration attorney now, at (646) 657-8144, or send us a message on our Contact Us page.

Gokhan Yazici

Gokhan Yazici is an experienced attorney and counsellor practicing in the state of New York. He is specialized in U.S. Immigration Law, Corporate & Business Law, Business Transactions, Commercial Litigation, International Trade & U.S. Customs Law. Mr. Yazici holds an LL.B. degree from Istanbul University Law School and an LL.M. degree from Temple University James Beasley School of Law.