• Patricia Brandt, Attorney

Expansion of types of crimes that bar green card holders from relief from deportation.

Continuing to make it harder for those with deep ties to the United States to stay here, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the types of criminal offenses that bar green card holders from seeking a form of relief from deportation.

For purposes of cancellation-of-removal eligibility, a §1182(a)(2) offense committed during the initial seven years of residence does not need to be one of the offenses of removal.

The Court decided that Andre Barton was barred from applying for cancellation due to a criminal conviction. It did so even though that criminal conviction could not have been the basis for a removal order to begin with.

The Court's decision comes at a time when immigration agencies have already been making it more difficult to obtain relief from removal and legal immigration status.

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