Immigration officials on May 11 deported Helbrans, 38, on two grounds: that he entered the United States illegally and that convicted felons can be deported. The rabbi reportedly has said in the past that his life would be endangered if he were repatriated.
Helbrans was paroled in 1996 after serving two years in prison. His early parole led to a still-active federal investigation, exploring whether state officials had been improperly influenced by the fervently religious community..
Helbrans' wife, Malka, was separately arrested and charged with obstructing government and striking a federal agent. The family has been living in Monsey, N.Y.