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IDP Fights Against Government Overreaching in Drug Aggravated Felony Case Before Supreme Court

On October 10, the Supreme Court heard argument in Moncrieffe v. Holder, the third Supreme Court case in the last six years challenging the government’s overbroad readings of the harsh drug trafficking mandatory deportation ground. In this case, the immigrant petitioner challenges the government’s policy of deeming certain low-level marijuana offenses to be “drug trafficking” aggravated felonies even if the offense may have involved only the social sharing of a small amount of marijuana for no remuneration. IDP provided technical support for the pro bono lawyers representing the immigrant petitioner and coordinated amicus briefing in support of the petitioner. The Court will issue its decision in the case by June 2013. Look for an update when the decision comes out.

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