There are many circumstances in which an immigrant can be removed from the United States when in the country, such as getting a conviction for certain types of crimes, entering the country illegally and falsifying information. Illegal immigrants who are facing immigration-related charges or deportation need to understand their legal rights no matter what the allegations against them are.
A person who was allegedly in the country illegally is accused of bribing a South Carolina state employee for a driver's license. The worker was offered $1,000 for the license, and then the amount was reduced to $800. The illegal immigrant wanted to receive the license in this way because he could not get a license through legal means due to his status as an illegal immigrant. The worker is believed to have received $200 of the promised $800.
The case was investigated, and both the worker and the person seeking the license were arrested. They now face criminal charges. Whether the illegal immigrant will be allowed to stay in this country is not certain.
Regardless of the circumstances, people who are in the country illegally and are in danger of deportation have rights. For example, the person has the right to a removal hearing to hear a list of the charges justifying the attempt at deportation. There are numerous grounds for removal, including being convicted of a felony, entering the country fraudulently, overstaying a legal immigrant visa and falsifying forms. Even people who are being charged with these acts might have options. Visas can be extended, waivers can be granted and asylum is a possibility.
In this case, a man was allegedly trying to pay a DMV worker to help him get a driver's license because he was in the country illegally. While this is a serious charge with hefty penalties, the man should still be aware of his rights under the federal laws governing immigration. In order to prepare for his next course of action, he should consider discussing the case with an attorney experienced in immigration matters.
Source: CharlestonCityPaper.com, "Undocumented immigrant accused of offering bribe in exchange for driver's license," Paul Bowers, May 5, 2014