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Immigration Crimes

The United States Code contains several federal statutes concerning criminal offenses of “aliens” or “illegal aliens.” The most common ones known to the public are illegal re-entry (after deportation), which is found at Title 8 U.S.C. §1326, and alien smuggling, or “immigrant smuggling,” as it is sometimes called, at Title 8 U.S.C. §1324.

The federal statutes that criminalize activities towards aliens are found in and near §§1324 – 1327 of Title 8 of the U.S. Code. These cases are “federal cases,” and thus, are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Offices, and usually they are investigated by agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), and/or other areas of U.S. Homeland Security.

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