For immigration law purposes, an “illegal immigrant” is any person who is unlawfully present within U.S. borders. An illegal immigrant generally intends to relocate permanently within the U.S., but in doing so illegally, they may face some serious legal risks. Illegal immigration can happen in a number of ways, including:
Many immigration policies aim at identifying illegal immigrants. For instance, newer programs such the E-Verify system, and various biometric programs use technological advances to identify persons who are in the country unlawfully.
Some legal consequences that illegal immigrants may face can include:
In particular, there is much overlap between the U.S. criminal justice system and the immigration system. For instance, persons who are arrested in some jurisdictions may have their fingerprints electronically scanned to determine their immigration status. If it is found that they are an illegal immigrant, they may be subject to immediate removal, especially if they’re found to have committed a serious crime.
On the other hand, a person may sometimes have access to various forms of relief from removal procedures. An example of this is where the person can demonstrate extreme hardship or danger from persecution if forced to relocate to their country of origin.
Illegal immigration is a major concern; illegal immigrants can face some very serious consequences. If you or a loved one has any legal questions or concerns, you may wish to hire a qualified immigration lawyer in your area. Your attorney can perform research to determine how the different immigration laws may be affecting you. Also, if you need to make an appearance in court, an attorney will be able to represent you during the actual hearings.
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