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Crimes and Deportability of Green Card Holders

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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.