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April 14, 2014

New Report Shows 250,000 Deported For Drugs Since 2008
By McCarton Ackerman

A newly released report highlights shocking statistics that 250,000 people have been deported from the U.S. over the last six years for drug offenses. Research from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University showed that nonviolent drug offenses were responsible for 11 percent of all deportations last year, while tens of thousands of people were deported simply for possessing small quantities of drugs including marijuana. Roughly 6,600 people were deported in each of the last two years for personal marijuana possession, while over 20,000 people were deported last year for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Many of these individuals were incarcerated in the U.S. prison system before being sent back to their countries of origin. Only one percent of those removed from the U.S. were drug traffickers, with even less than that amount falling under the category of a violent drug trafficker.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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