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The INA's Distorted Definition of "Conviction"

Community Explainer
Issue area
Crimes/Post-Conviction Relief
Community Advocate
Published: May. 14, 2021

Criminal convictions often carry immigration consequences, including mandatory detention and deportation. A conviction is when a criminal court or jury decides that a person is guilty of a crime or a person pleads guilty to having committed a crime. This community explainer discusses the INA's distorted definition of "conviction."