Is illegal immigration a crime?
Certain immigration violations can be prosecuted under federal criminal laws, however, most are not. For most immigration violations, the federal government pursues removal or deportation proceedings. Removal or deportation proceedings are before federal administrative tribunals where the final judgment is a removal or deportation order that is not a criminal punishment or penalty. A final order of deportation is just meant to return an alien to their country of origin. If you are having immigration law issues, such as receiving a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court, documents from the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), you are not necessarily being charged with a crime. You could be in removal proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Immigration Courts or need to provide evidence of lawful status to USCIS or ICE. If you are in removal proceedings or have a legal immigration issue, you need an attorney who is competent, diligent, and knows immigration laws. If you have received a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court, call our office in Tallahassee, Florida regarding your case to see if we can assist you.