US: Drug Deportations Tearing Families Apart

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June 16, 2015 by socialaction2014

From 2007 to 2012, over a quarter of a million non-citizens, including lawful permanent residents, were deported from the United States after a drug conviction. Many of these deportations involved minor offenses for possession or use. The US immigration system continues to treat almost all drug offenses as serious deportable offenses, for lawful permanent residents and unauthorized immigrants alike, with little consideration of the nature of the offense, evidence of rehabilitation, or the impact of deportation on US citizen family members. Immigrants who receive no sentence or relatively short criminal sentences can spend months, even years, in immigration detention with no opportunity to apply for bond. Convictions that were expunged or pardoned in the criminal justice system continue to count as convictions for immigration purposes.


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