What if he was a foreigner?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Martin Lawrence Martin Lawrence was born in Germany, but is a U.S. citizen by derivation. He apparently was convicted after he was caught in the Burbank Airport while attempting to board an airplane with a 9 mm. Beretta in his carry-on. He got two years probation for this according to media reports. Firearms offenses are deportable offenses. INA § 237(a)(2)(C). News reports note a long criminal record yet no other convictions are noted in the media despite allegations of domestic…

What if he was a foreigner?

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Plaxico Burress Plaxico Burress, a former New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was convicted of attempted possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment on August 20, 2009, in New York City. A firearms offense is a deportable offense. INA § 237(a)(2)(C).  The statute includes attempts to possess a firearm. A permanent resident is able to seek forgiveness for a firearms offense pursuant to INA § 240A(a) if he has accrued five years of permanent residence and seven years…

What if he was a foreigner?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Darrell Issa Darrell Issa is a Congressman from California’s 49th Congressional District, a district  to the North of the City of San Diego. He has held this seat for the last 10 years. A January 24, 2011, New Yorker Magazine article about Darrel Issa, states: On March 15, 1972, three months after Issa allegedly stole Jay Bergey’s car and one month after he left the Army for the first time, Ohio police arrested Issa and his older brother, William, and charged…

What if he was a foreigner?

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Merle Haggard Merle Haggard, country music star (“Okie from Muskogee”), was convicted of holding up a bar in Bakersfield, California, in 1957. He served three years in state prison. A person who commits a theft offense and is sentenced to a year or more of confinement is an aggravated felon. If he committed the crime nowadays, he would be deportable and ineligible for relief.  If he got deported and came back, he could be sent to prison for 20 years….