California May Shield Immigrants Charged with Drug Crimes from Deportation

Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2015

When Jesús Cordero was arrested for Ecstasy possession, his lawyer offered what seemed like an obvious solution: Plead guilty and undergo drug counseling. Once Cordero completed the course, the charges would be dismissed.

It’s a popular option for Californians charged with minor drug crimes who seek to avoid jail time and clear their records. But for immigrants such as Cordero, who was then living in the United States illegally, such a plea can trigger their deportation.

Now, in a state that has both liberalized immigration laws and eased punishments for drug crimes, legislators will soon consider a measure that could shield immigrants from such consequences.

The proposal addresses a difference between state and federal law. Although California considers minor drug charges to be wiped away once a defendant finishes treatment, nearly all drug convictions still stand under federal immigration law–and can set off deportation proceedings. That applies to immigrants without legal papers and those with green cards.


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  • Chip Carver

    In CA illegals are immune from having their autos impounded for avoiding tickets, unpaid registration, you name it, so why is anyone surprised? And yet some people still think there isn’t an organized campaign to marginalize Whites or possibly commit genocide against us. At least the percentage of those in denial is shrinking.

    • Sick of it

      Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman – The name says it all really.

      • SentryattheGate

        I just checked out her website, (http://asmd(DOT)org/members/a13/). Looks like she’s in the Latino Caucus (or else working with them) and chair of the LGBT Caucus.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Until the law-abiding majority starts to act like illegals and show complete and utter disregard for laws en mass; perhaps thing will change.

      If not, the cultural war will rise to the next level against the majority….

      WHEN will there be mass push back?

    • Californiastan simply does not have enough drug addicts, drug dealers, drunk, uninsured motorists, welfare-soaks, food stamps-parasites, car thieves or rapists yet, it appears.

      I would be delighted if other nearby states started issuing their mentally ill one-way Greyhound tickets to California. That would be worth every penny.

  • The advocacy group Human Rights Watch, citing Department of Homeland Security data, said more than 500,000 people nationwide were deported between 1997 to 2012 with a drug offense as their most serious conviction.

    I highly doubt that.

    Pray tell, what happened to states not being able to preempt Federal immigration law, Mr. Obama?

    • DonReynolds

      What Human Rights Watch does not mention is……480,000 of those deported for drug offenses during the 15 years have ALREADY re-entered the USA and the rest are dead or unable to travel due to cartel violence and bad food. Yes, re-entering the USA after being deported is a serious crime, punishable by 20 years in Federal prison. No, I seriously doubt that is one of the laws the Obama fanatics still enforce.

      • Federal sentencing guidelines for “unlawful re-entry” call for 24 months. After good time is deducted, the result is 21 months, followed by a deportation trip courtesy of the US Marshalls.

        • Travis Lee

          That’s IF INS shows up to get them.

  • superlloyd

    California is f2cked and [email protected] Kick the criminal scum back to their hellhole barrios.

  • Jason Lewis

    I don’t see why you have to commit certain or any crime to be deported.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Among my set when I was young, if you came home and your eyes looked like the Captain’s of Captain and Tennille, your parents were either confused-and you cared- disappointed-and you cared-or they threw Douglas Hofstadter books at you and hoped you learned to seduce complexity after having been seduced by it. You know that is not happening with the squat people. So, lax drug laws, like all of liberalism, are not for everyone, but for some. But ‘we’ have not learned that yet.

  • This is what an Eggman looks like. Holy cow! I hope Mr. Eggman is not a white guy. Sad to think any white male could be that desperate.

    • DonReynolds

      Does Mr. Eggman speak any English at all?

      • Sick of it

        It would be amusing if he spoke Japanese.

      • ghettovalley

        Mr. Eggman? She looks like a lesbian to me.

    • Looks like someone who was seriously traumatized by a recent visit to their proctologist.

    • Basketeddie

      Eggman? More like the walrus.

  • DonReynolds

    Isn’t that what this country NEEDS……more drug dealers and more drug addicts?
    Funny me…..I though we had enough of those……and murderers, kidnappers, hideous prostitutes, thieves, ….. Is there not enough crime already in this country?

    • SentryattheGate

      Right! And isn’t California already bankrupt and drought-stricken enough! Just what it needs; more illegals to suck up water and drug treatment $$$!

  • IstvanIN

    For a couple of weeks, whenever I see an article like this, I want to write a comment about treason and traitors and how what most of our politicians do today, in another age, would be considered treasonous. I guess what to me seems to be to be simple and obvious treason isn’t. I just don’t know why.

    • newscomments70

      It feels like we’re living in a bizarre universe of opposites.

      • InAFreeCountry

        We are through the looking glass and on Bizarro World.

  • Light from the East

    It looks like encouraging more illegal drug dealers to live in CA.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    ‘La Raza was announcing their intention to promote and fomate a “Reconquesta” (stealing from the actual one in Spain where it was white Spaniards v. Muslim Moors);
    Wow so these spicks really do not come up with anything original.
    Sadly you are right. Everyone has a stake in the elections and also in these Hispanics and that ‘Tolerance’ is what is destroying the US.

    • newscomments70

      Please remove the racial slur, it’s against Amren policy.

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        What slur??

        • newscomments70

          it looks like it was removed for you, no need.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            LOL, I changed it, thanks anyway.

  • stedman holder

    Let mexico pay for their counseling. March them all to the border at gunpoint.