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April 14, 2021

Cook Co. aims to disrupt conviction-to-deportation pipeline
By Carlos BallesterosA

Cano is one of thousands of people — including undocumented immigrants, visa holders, and lawful permanent residents — who go through deportation proceedings in Chicago each year, according to federal immigration court data collected by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Many end up there via the criminal justice system. Not only do arrests draw the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, certain criminal convictions can also trigger a deportation case. That includes offenses that, for a citizen, might mean only a court fee or short jail sentence. But noncitizens can end up being punished further with deportation — what’s known as a “collateral consequence,” akin to the loss of voting rights and other civil penalties that get tacked on to criminal convictions.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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