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Is it a crime to enter the United States without permission?

Individuals who entered the U.S. without permission, or who have violated the terms of their lawful immigration status in the United States, are technically subject to federal criminal charges if detained and, eventually, vulnerable to deportation to their home countries. See 8 USC Section 1325, Improper Entry. Whether they will actually be prosecuted, removed from the United States, or even detained in the first place depends both on current immigration enforcement priorities and whether they are eligible for some form of immigration relief. 

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