Congressional Black Caucus Members Ask Biden To Reverse Marijuana Deportation Cases

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A coalition of congressional lawmakers sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday, urging him to reopen certain deportation cases, including those involving marijuana. Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) led the letter, which was signed by 30 members of the Congressional Black Caucus and is also addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. It emphasizes that deportations disproportionately impact people of color and implores the president to use his authority to create a process through which these cases can be reevaluated and reversed. “We are grateful for President Biden’s commitment to redressing racial injustice, particularly after the last four years of the Trump Administration’s racist and xenophobic immigration agenda,” it says. “One critical step toward honoring that commitment is ensuring that people who were unjustly deported can be fairly and efficiently considered for return to their families and communities in the United States.” The lawmakers cite a number of examples of deportation cases that they feel unjustly harmed immigrants. The letter asks Biden and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “consider the stories of U.S. veteran Howard Bailey and long-time U.S. resident Kenault Lawrence,” both of whom were deported to Jamaica over “years-old marijuana convictions.” “Howard served nearly four years in the U.S. Navy, including two tours in Operation Desert Storm, and received the National Defense Service Medal. Nevertheless, he was deported based on an old, first-time marijuana offense that the governor of Virginia subsequently pardoned,” the Black Caucus members wrote. “Kenault’s deportation robbed him of the chance to meet his newborn child, merely three months prior to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling finding his ground of deportation to be unlawful.” “Despite these clear injustices and the compelling reasons to return both men to the United States, neither Howard nor Kenault have a meaningful chance to return home,” the…

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