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Huffington Post
June 26, 2015

U.S. Deports Tens Of Thousands Each Year For Minor Drug Crimes, Human Rights Watch Says
By Elise Foley

WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of people are deported each year for minor drug offenses, even if they served their time long ago, because of draconian U.S. drug laws, according to a report released Tuesday by the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch's 93-page report, A Price Too High: U.S. Families Torn Apart by Deportations for Drug Offenses, details struggles of immigrants and families involved in more than 71 cases in which non-citizens had been arrested or convicted of drug offenses, and then were placed into deportation proceedings. The findings echo a 2014 report from the Transactional Records Clearinghouse Access at Syracuse University that found that marijuana possession was the fourth-most common criminal offense among deportees in fiscal 2012 and 2013. Cocaine possession was the eighth-most common drug offense during that period.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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