Court blocks deportation over minor drug convictions
The justices rule that a legal Texas resident's two possession arrests do not constitute an 'aggravated felony' and that he should not have been sent to Mexico.
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2010|By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
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Reporting from Washington —
The Supreme Court on Monday blocked the government from routinely deporting legal immigrants for minor drug possession convictions, a decision that immigrant rights lawyers said would spare tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding residents from being sent out of the U.S.
In a 9-0 decision, the justices said a Texas man who had pleaded guilty at different times to having a marijuana cigarette and a single Xanax anti-anxiety pill had been wrongfully deported...link to complete article