wex definitions

suspension of deportation

Suspension of deportation is a statutory remedy that permits an immigration judge to grant discretionary relief from deportation to any alien in deportation proceedings who can show seven years continuous presence, good moral character, and that deportation would cause extreme hardship to herself or a citizen family member. This remedy has been in large part repealed by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) which imposes higher standards on aliens placed in removal proceedings seeking to qualify for cancellation of removal.

CFR Part 1240—Proceedings to Determine Removability of Aliens in the United States

Special Immigrant

A special immigrant is a person who qualifies for a green card (permanent residence) under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) special immigrant program. In order to apply for immigration documents under this status, an immigrant must fill out a petition documenting his or her circumstances and submit the petition to USCIS.

Sherman Antitrust Act


A federal anti-monopoly and anti-trust statute, passed in 1890 as 15 U.S.C. §§ 1-7 and amended by the Clayton Act in 1914 (15 U.S.C. § 12-27), which prohibits activities that restrict interstate commerce and competition in the marketplace.





The act of implicating oneself in a crime or exposing oneself to criminal prosecution. Self-incrimination may occur as a result of interrogation or may be made voluntarily. The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution protects a person from being compelled to incriminate oneself. Also termed self-crimination; self-inculpation.



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