Drug Offenses


The War on Drugs has long impacted immigrant communities. In 1996, Congress enacted legislation hugely expanding the numbers of immigrants subject to mandatory detention, deportation, and denial of lawful status based on state drug offenses. Successive administrations have sought to apply the drug provisions of immigration laws extremely aggressively. 

IDP works with litigants before the federal courts and immigration agencies to narrow the scope of drug-related laws used to detain and deport immigrants, including the controlled substance offense and drug trafficking aggravated felony grounds of removability.

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