Immigration Consequences of Criminal Legal System Involvement
We witness every day how even small contacts with the criminal legal system can result in permanent separation from family members and exclusion from this country. For those who have legal status in the US, a conviction can lead to permanent deportation or denial of any chance of US citizenship. For non-citizens, just an arrest can be federal detention and deportation - even if the local criminal case is ultimately thrown out. BDS advocates for vacaturs and pardons of past criminal history and fights to mitigate the harm of the criminal legal system for immigrants.
The Public Defenders Coalition for Immigrant Justice: A Ten Point Immigration Program for the Biden Administration
For more on the impact of marijuana-related convictions on immigrant New Yorkers, view this fact sheet.
Public Defender Statement Urging Federal Government to Stop Criminalizing Immigrants