National Defending Immigrants Partnership Training – Day 1. Unit 1: Overview, Immigration Status, Defense Priorities. Unit 1: Goals, Immigration Status, Analysis, Tools.
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Unit 1: Overview, Immigration Status, Defense Priorities
At intake and after (atty or intake staff):
Quick Reference Chart for Immigration Consequences:
Dozens of minor and serious offenses. Examples are:
An LPR’s crim defense goals, in order, are: 1. Avoid aggravated felony (AF)
-- AF will make them deportable and block almost all relief.
2. Avoid other grounds of deportability
-- A deportable LPR can be stripped of green card and removed (but without an AF conviction, some relief might be available)
3. Avoid becoming inadmissible
-- Inadmissible LPR doesn’t necessarily lose green card.
-- But can’t travel outside US, must wait to naturalize to U.S. citizenship.
Many, but not all, immigration consequences require a conviction.
Several offenses become AF’s only if a 1-yr or more sentence is imposed:
See “Advice.” Poss of firearm is deportable offense but other weapon is not. Must keep “record of conviction” clear of information that firearm was involved