Unfortunately, the answer is YES.
If a green card holder is deemed to be an aggravated felon, he/she can be removed (deported) from the United States.
There is confusion between the States as to what is a crime of moral turpitude and an aggravated felony. One cannot judge a crime by its name since aliens have been convicted of misdemeanor or other crimes that were not categorized as felonies. U.S. immigration Laws defines aggravated felony more broadly than in most states criminal law statutes. In summary: the I.N.A. (U.S. Immigration Nationality Act) categorizes aggravated felonies as follows:
A. Murder, Rape or Sexual abuse, Violent Crime (Domestic Violence)
B. Illicit trafficking in a controlled substance, Money laundering
C. Illicit trafficking in firearms or destructive devices or in explosive materials, etc.
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If you have been charged with a crime, the best thing to do is to immediately consult with an experienced Immigration Attorney and also retain a criminal lawyer.
Caution: very few criminal lawyers understand the implication of Criminal Convictions in immigration cases.
For immigration purposes a no contest plea (Nolo contendre) is deemed a Conviction for all immigration matters.
Bad News: Once an aggravated felon has been removed (Deported) from the U.S., he/she is permanently inadmissible: One will never be eligible for a U.S. visa or Green Card.
For additional information contact our office at: American Immigration Attorneys –