Ok, first of all, he has to fight this criminal charge, so get him an attorney or he will be appointed one. After he finishes here, ICE will want him. They'll transfer him for removal. A judicial order of deportation can be requested only if the offense for which the alien will be sentenced renders such alien deportable on one or more of the following grounds:
Crime of Moral Turpitude, 8 U.S.C. § 1251(a)(2)(A)(i)
The alien must be convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude committed within five years after the date of entry, and sentenced to confinement or confined therefor for one year or longer. Although the conviction must occur within five years of entry, any entry into the United States may be used to support the charge of deportability.
Multiple Criminal Convictions, 8 U.S.C. § 1251(a)(2)(A)(ii)
A conviction for two or more crimes involving moral turpitude at any time after entry would render an alien deportable, so long as the offenses did not arise out of a single scheme, and regardless of whether the alien was confined therefor. Conceivably, two misdemeanor
convictions, not arising out of a single scheme, for crimes involving moral turpitude would make an alien deportable under this provision.
Aggravated Felony 8 U.S.C. § 1251(a)(2)(A)(iii)
An alien convicted of an "aggravated felony," as defined in 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43), is deportable. The Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994 expanded the number of aggravated felony offenses. (Some, but not all aggravated felonies, would also be crimes involving moral turpitude.) Aggravated felonies now include:
2. illicit trafficking in a controlled substance;
3. illicit trafficking in firearms, destructive devices, or explosive materials;
4. money laundering
or engaging in a monetary transaction in property derived from specific unlawful activity if the amount of the funds exceeded $100,000;
5. offenses described in various sections of Title
18 relating to explosive materials or firearms;
6. crimes of violence for which the term of imprisonment imposed is at least 5 years;
7. crimes of theft or burglary for which the term of imprisonment imposed is at least 5 years;
8. offenses described in various sections of Title 18 relating to the demand or receipt of ransom;
9. offenses described in 18 U.S.C. § 2251, 2251A, or 2252 relating to child pornography;
10. an offense described in 18 U.S.C. § 1962 relating to investing income derived from racketeer-influenced organizations;
11. offenses relating to owning, controlling, managing, or supervising a prostitution business or an offense described in various sections of Title 18 relating to slavery, peonage, and involuntary servitude;
12. offenses relating to gathering or transmitting national defense information, disclosing of classified information, treason, or intentionally disclosing the identity of undercover intelligence agents;
13. offenses involving fraud in which the loss to the victim exceeds $200,000, or tax evasion in which the revenue loss to the government exceeds $200,000;
14. an offense relating to alien smuggling for commercial advantage;
15. an offense under 18 U.S.C. § 1546(a) which constitutes trafficking in fraudulent documents for which the term of imprisonment imposed is at least 5 years;
16. an offense relating to failure to appear by a defendant for service of sentence if the underlying offense is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 15 years or more; and
17. any attempt or conspiracy to commit one of the above offenses.
So the long and short of is that the common theme running through deportable offenses is that incarceration is required in all of them to make it a deportable offense. This might fit, so you need an attorney who also knows immigration law.
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