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Illegal Immigration Laws

Most Americans know our basic laws regarding illegal immigration. It is illegal to enter the United States without permission. The first time an illegal immigrant is caught in the US it is a misdemeanor civil offense. This is because we want to be able to quickly return illegal aliens to Mexico or Canada when they are caught at the border without the rigors of a jury trial. After the first offense, being caught a second time is a felony.

It is also against the law to overstay a visa issued by the US Government and illegal for an employer to knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Our volunteers have compiled this list of illegal immigration laws for your review.

It is Illegal To Bring Illegal Aliens Into the US under current Laws.

It is unlawful for any person to bring aliens into the United States. Fine: $3,000 for each alien (Sec. 273. [8 U.S.C. 1323])

It is Illegal To Harbor Illegal Immigrants.

It is unlawful to bring in or harbor illegal aliens. Fine: $3,000 for each alien. (Sec. 273. [8 U.S.C. 1323])

It is Illegal To Employ, Recruit, or Refer Illegal Aliens for Jobs.

It is unlawful for a person or other entity- to employ or recruit or refer for a fee an illegal alien in the United States. Commercial advantage or private financial gain offender can be fined under title 18, US Code, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both. Any person who, during any 12-month period, knowingly hires for employment at least 10 individuals with actual knowledge that the individuals are aliens described in subparagraph (B) shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both. (Sec. 274A. [8 U.S.C. 1324a])

It is Illegal To Forge Documents for Illegal Immigrants or violate Identity Theft Laws.

It is unlawful for any person or entity knowingly- to forge documents. Legal documents must be presented when entering the US. Fine: not less than $250 and not more than $2,000 for each document that is the subject of a violation. Previous violation: not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000 for each document that is the subject of a violation. (Sec. 274C. [8 U.S.C. 1324c])

US Laws Declare it is Illegal To Aid or Abet Illegal Immigrants.

It is unlawful for anyone to aid or assist aliens to enter the United States. Penalty: fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both. (Sec. 277. [8 U.S.C. 1327])

LEGAL Immigrants Must Know English, US History, US Laws, and Principles.

No person shall be naturalized as a citizen of the United States who cannot demonstrate: An understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language. Knowledge and understanding of history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States. (Sec. 312. [8 U.S.C. 1423])

Legal Immigrants Must Display Moral Character and No Crime Record.

Requirements as to residence, good moral character, attachment to the principles of the constitution, and favorable disposition to the United States. (Sec. 316. [8 U.S.C. 1427])

Legal Immigrants Must Be Investigated and Screened for past crimes and terrorism links.

Prior to a person becoming naturalized, or an employee of the service, a personal investigation is required of the individual applying. (Sec. 335. [8 U.S.C. 1446])

It is Illegal For Illegal Aliens to Bypass Medical and Physical Exams for illnesses and infectious diseases.

Physical and Mental Examinations are required. Aliens arriving at ports of the United States will be detained for the purpose of determining whether they are afflicted with any of the diseases or mental or physical defects or disabilities set forth in section 212(a), or whenever the Attorney General has received information showing that any aliens are coming from a country or have embarked at a place where any of such diseases are prevalent or epidemic. (Sec. 232 [8 U.S.C. 1252])

Illegal Aliens Deported are ineligible for readmission to the US Under Current Laws.

Distressed Aliens: Any alien who falls into distress or who needs public aid from causes arising prior to his/her entry is desirous of being so removed. Any alien so removed shall be ineligible to apply for or receive a visa or other documentation for readmission, or to apply for admission to the United States except with the prior approval of the Attorney General. (Sec. 250. [8 U.S.C. 1260])

It is Illegal for Illegal Immigrants to possess a firearm or ammunition.

It is unlawful for an alien illegally in the United States or an alien admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa to legally receive or possess firearms and/or ammunition. ([18 U.S.C. 922(g) and (n), 27 CFR 478.32])