Immigrants facing harsh sentencing for minor infractions

The World

When 28-year-old Jerry Lemaine of Long Island was told to plead guilty to ownership of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana possession, he probably didn’t realize that it would result in his deportation to his family’s home country of Haiti. Why is the American legal system levying such harsh penalties on non-citizens for minor infractions?

We talk to Aaron Simowitz of the firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.

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