Deporting the lowest-level offenders

posted by
April 19, 2011
The American Prospect
by Aswini Anburajan  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Until May 2009, Jose Reyes was a small-business owner, a father, and a 19-year legal resident of the United States. But on May 13, 2009, Reyes ran afoul of the police, who arrested him after an argument with a man who had rear-ended his car. Charges against Reyes were dropped three days later, but Reyes wasn't free. 'I asked the police, 'If the charges are dropped, why aren't you letting me go?''' he says. The answer was that the arrest triggered deportation proceedings because Reyes had been convicted of marijuana possession 14 years before, long before the post-September 11 anti-immigration crackdown." (04/19/11)  


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