For many years, those on the left (which includes the mainstream news media) have been claiming that entering this country illegally “is not a crime, but only punishable by a civil penalty.”
In fact, in an April 2009 appearance on CNN, then-Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, stated: “crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil.”
However, just as the talking heads on the left are wrong when it comes to this issue, Obama’s open-borders DHS Secretary was as well…
The U.S. federal statute states the following:
8 U.S. Code § 1325 – Improper entry by alien
(a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts
Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.
The first offense is considered a misdemeanor, and the second offense as well as every offense thereafter is considered a felony.