The federal crime of illegal immigration is the movement of foreign citizens into a country when these foreign citizens do not meet the legal requirements for being in that country.
The crime of illegal immigration is governed by Title 8, Section 1325 of the U.S. Code. Title 8, Section 1325 provides that an alien has committed the federal crime of improper entry into the United States if that alien 1) enters the United States at any time or place other than that as designated by immigrations officers, or 2) evades examination by immigrations officers, or 3) attempts to enter the country by a willfully false or misleading representation of a material fact.
An alien convicted of the crime of illegal immigration faces deportation from the United States if that alien is present in the country without government permission, or, if that alien is a foreign citizen and has been convicted of certain crimes. Also, an individual who has overstayed their non-immigrant visa status can rise to the level of an illegal immigrant and face deportation as well.
It is important to note that the hiring or harboring of an illegal alien is a separate federal crime that is subject to fines or imprisonment under Title 18, Section 274 of the U.S. Code. A similar crime is illegal reentry of an alien who was removed. Illegal reentry can carry a 10 year custody sentence.
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