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Court made it difficult for some immigrants to avoid deportation

The Supreme Court or the United States (SCOTUS) has made it difficult for some immigrants to avoid deportation. Henceforth, Immigrants without clean records can no longer be exempted from deportation. An example is Clemente Avelino Pereida, a Mexican who entered the U.S. illegally and has lived in the country for 25 years.

In the past, Pereida was charged in Nebraska with using a fraudulent Social Security card to get a job and convicted under a state law for impersonation.

However, Immigrants who have lived in the U.S for at least 10 years and are facing deportation can ask the attorney general to allow them to remain in the country if the conviction wasn’t for a serious crime.

Immigration officials initiated removal proceedings against Pereida for entering and remaining in the country unlawfully, a charge Mr. Pereida did not contest.

Mr. Pereida sought instead to establish his eligibility for cancellation of removal, a discretionary form of relief under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). 8.

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