A lawful permanent resident can be removed if the LPR had been convicted of the following criminal offenses:

  • An aggravated felony;
  • A crime involving moral turpitude committed within 5 years of admission with minimum possible sentence of 1 year or more (triggers mandatory detention only if sentence is actually 1 year or more);
  • Two or more crimes involving moral turpitude at any time after the LPR’s admission, not arising out of a single scheme of criminal misconduct, regardless of whether confined therefor and regardless of whether the convictions were in a single trial;
  • A controlled substance offense (other than a single offense involving possession for one’s own use of thirty grams of less of marijuana), such as any conviction for sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, or simple possession (most state drug offenses are controlled substance offenses under immigration law);
  • Drug abusers and addicts (whether resulting in a criminal conviction or not);
  • Most firearms offenses, g., purchasing, selling, offering for sale, exchanging, using, owning, possessing, or carrying a firearm;
  • A crime of domestic violence, a crime of stalking, or a crime of child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment (including violation of an order of protection);
  • High speed flight from an immigration inspection point;
  • Failure to register as a sex offender;
  • Miscellaneous national security-related offenses (sabotage, sedition, espionage, treason, etc.), for which a term of imprisonment of five or more years may be imposed;
  • Human trafficking.

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