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A DUI can threaten your life in America

You've always been very careful about how you act in the United States, because you know certain actions could lead to deportation. Now, you're worried about your future, because you've been accused of drunk driving. You know you face heavy penalties, but do those penalties include deportation?

Even small charges can lead to deportation

It is often difficult for non-citizens living in the United States to get a firm grasp on what may or may not threaten their ability to remain here in the country. This can even vary from state to state, and in many cases, agencies that enforce immigration law become overzealous and may act to deport an individual unjustly. The truth is that the law surrounding immigration and criminal charges can be vague, but it is still the law, not a deck of Tarot cards or tea leaves to be read.

Crimes of moral turpitude: Immigrants need a strong defense

There are certain crimes that, if committed by a non-immigrant, are generally considered fairly minor from the legal standpoint. However, if an immigrant commits the same crime, it could be grounds for deportation. If you're an immigrant, this is what you should know.

New executive order expands who might be deported

It has been an exceptionally difficult season for immigrant communities in Georgia and around the country, and it does not look like things will be getting much easier any time soon. Right here in the Atlanta area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently performed "targeted raids" along Buford Highway, detaining around 40 individuals. Under the new, expanded standards for detaining and deporting immigrants, ICE is reportedly picking up individuals who have any kind of violation on their records, not only violent offenses. According to some sources, even those around them may be in danger of being detained and deported.

Can you enter the United States with a criminal record?

You want to come into the United States to craft a new future for yourself and your family, but you have a criminal record. When you apply to come in legally, is that going to make it impossible? Does the United States have a standing order that bars anyone with a criminal record from entering, or can you still immigrate?

Do immigrants commit more crimes than native people?

Experts warn that it's dangerous to craft immigration laws on a basis of fear, rather than facts. They note that this can happen, as immigrants are sometimes painted as likely criminals and laws get voted in because people believe they're helping to keep crime down.

Georgia driving laws target immigrants

As the Great Melting Pot, the American Dream is supposed to be available to all, not a privileged few. Unfortunately, some parts of the country can be more difficult places to carve out a piece of the pie for immigrants, despite the relatively short amount of time that the vast majority of American citizens can trace their heritage within the country's borders. Georgia is no exception — in fact, Georgia is among several states with laws that seem intended to make life and the pursuit of the American Dream for the immigrant even more difficult.

Immigrants have rights, too

As an immigrant, it can be difficult to know what your rights are if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law. However, simply because you are not a fully-fledged citizen does not mean that you do not deserve to have your rights respected. A general understanding of what you are entitled to and what burdens you face as an immigrant in Georgia can help you avoid potentially devastating consequences.

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