Understanding & Reducing the Immigration Consequence of Criminal Records

The following information comes from a fact sheet that Root & Rebound prepared with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC, www.ilrc.org). It explains the overlap between the criminal justice and immigration legal systems and describes ways you might be able to clean up your criminal record to help with immigration consequences. While these options will not be available to every immigrant with a record in California, we hope more people and families can advocate and stay together with this information and the resources that follow.

  1. How much have deportations increased under President Trump’s administration?

  2. How have U.S. immigration policies changed under President Trump?

  3. What protections are available under California’s state laws and the local practices of “sanctuary” cities and counties in the state?

  4. Do I have any options if I pled “guilty” or “no contest” in a criminal case if I didn’t know the immigration consequences of that decision?

  5. Are there any other ways that I can clean up my record that might help me for immigration purposes?

  6. As a person with a record, what resources are there to help me with my immigration questions?