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small time crime BIG TIME TROUBLE - an article on The New Immigration Laws
"...criminal defense lawyers can face unusual challenges in representing foreign-born clients. In 1996, Congress drastically changed immigration laws by enacting two major pieces of legislation: the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996...It is important for defense attorneys to be aware of immigration law, because a client could become subject to removal (formerly known as deportation) from the United States based on defense counsel's erroneous advice."

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
"...In light of the frequency of changes, the complexity and scope of immigration law, consult with a qualified immigration practitioner before advising your client of the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction/plea....Two major pieces of legislation were enacted in 1996 affecting the immigration consequences of crime.

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