Crimes and Deportability of Green Card Holders
U.S. lawful permanent residents' (green card holders') right to stay in the United States for their entire lives depends entirely on their not becoming "deportable." That's a term from the U.S. immigration laws, which contain a long list of grounds upon which even a green card holder can lose his or her status (after a hearing) and be removed from the United States and barred from returning for a number of years.
Criminal activity is, not surprisingly, a major focus of the grounds of deportability. Here, we explore the various types of crimes that can make a green card holder deportable.