Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy
Student in Webcam Trial May Face Deportation
Whether this is the right verdict or not is something that others are debating in forums covering other topics, but there is an immigration issue here. 20 year old Davun Ravi was born in India and raised in the US after coming with his parents when he was four. He could face deportation for his conviction of a hate crime since he never naturalized. He had the opportunity to strike a deal with prosecutors that would have probably resulted in a shorter jail term and no deportation, but he rejected this. I don't know if he and his parents have been permanent residents long enough to qualify for citizenship, but if so, I'm sure they are deeply regretting not going through that process. I've mentioned protecting yourself from deportation based on a criminal conviction as one of the reasons to consider naturalizing. Most people laugh that off assuming they would never face that possibility. But I'm sure Davun would never dream that prison was in his future when he made the very foolish and tragic decisions that have put him where he now stands.