Redford, MI asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Immigration Law for California

Q: If you marry someone who is NOT a U.S. citizen, who committed a violent crime (murder & rape) will they be automatically

Deported back to their original country following the end of them serving their sentence? If they marry a U.S. citizen while incarcerated in a U.S. prison will they still be deported because of the nature of the crime? Will marrying have any affect on the U.S. citizen who married them? Like will they be asked to leave the country as well because of their spouse?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Marrying a U.S. citizen does not grant an immigrant automatic protection from deportation, especially if they've committed a serious crime. Crimes of moral turpitude, including murder and rape, are grounds for deportation under U.S. immigration laws, even if the individual marries a U.S. citizen. The U.S. citizen spouse would not be asked to leave the country due to their spouse's criminal acts.

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