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  • Aggravated Felony

    Aggravated Felony

    Aggravated felonies are defined at 8 USC § 1101(a)(43), which lists dozens of common-law terms and references to federal statutes. Aggravated felonies (“AF”) are the convictions with the most serious immigration consequences for a noncitizen. Noncitizens who have been convicted of an AF are prohibited from receiving most forms of relief from deportation, including asylum,…

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  • Categorical Approach

    STEP 1 Identify the “Generic” Definition of the Removal Ground The grounds of inadmissibility and deportability (which include the definition of an aggravated felony) contain dozens of terms describing crimes, e.g., “crime involving moral turpitude,” “crime of child abuse,” “law…relating to a controlled substance,” “crime of violence,” “burglary,” etc. Each of these terms must have…

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