You probably know that people of color, which include immigrants, are disproportionately targeted in marijuana arrests by the police.
You might not know that non-citizens get punished beyond the already harsh consequences of a marijuana conviction. Overnight, the lives they’ve built in the U.S. over decades can be destroyed. They can be torn from their families and exiled to a now-unfamiliar country.
These four stories illustrate the cruel impact of current drug laws on non-citizens. They are composites of common scenarios for green card holders and undocumented people who have been convicted of marijuana possession and use.