Can an undocumented person with a criminal record obtain permanent residency?

In order to be granted permanent residency, U.S. immigration law imposes a number of requirements, including having to be admissible to the country.

Having a criminal record could negatively affect an immigrant who is applying for permanent residency. But much depends on what type of record the person has - not all crimes are the same.

In the following Un Nuevo Día television segment, I explain the different categories of crimes and how they can affect an immigration case: