On September 6, 2023, the Second Circuit issued a decision in U.S. v. Minter, No. 21-3102, 2023 WL 5730084 (2d Cir. Sept. 6, 2023), that could benefit immigrants who have New York convictions having to do with sale or possession of a “narcotic drug.” As a result, thousands of immigrants targeted by the War on Drugs may be eligible for relief from the devastating immigration consequences of these convictions.
The harsh penalties for drug use and sale have torn families and communities apart without providing the safety those communities deserve. This decision by the court provides a glimmer of relief for immigrants, who are among the most harshly impacted by the War on Drugs. The below FAQ provide information for people who may benefit from the court’s decision.
FAQ: Update on immigration consequences for New York “narcotic drug” convictions