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It is a crime to be in the United States illegally.

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Asked by MattSoerens, Last updated: Sep 04, 2018

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MattSoerens

MattSoerens

Answered on Aug 21, 2018

False

It is a violation of civil (not criminal) law to be present unlawfully in the United States, so it is inaccurate to say that it is a crime to be present unlawfully. It is a misdemeanor crime to enter the United States unlawfully; however, at least 40% of undocumented immigrants entered the country lawfully, on a valid visa, and overstayed (and even most of those who did enter unlawfully have never been charged with that offense, so it is imprecise to call them criminals until they have been convicted of the offense).
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