The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear an immigration case which could affect whether immigrants can be deported for minor misdemeanor convictions. The case involves Jose Angel Carachuri-Rosendo, who was deported to Mexico after he plead no contest to possession of Xanax without a prescription. A year earlier he plead guilty to possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. The federal government began deportation proceedings against Rosendo because under federal law, the second conviction made it a serious crime. Rosendo lived in the United States as a legal resident with a fiance and four children, all of which are U.S. Citizens. Under Texas law, both crimes were misdemeanors. Rosendo was eventually deported.
The United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the matter after the Obama Administration backed Rosendo's request for Supreme Court review. Review was requested because courts have been split on the issue of whether conviction of minor drug possession charges should be grounds for deportation. The Supreme Court's decision could affect countless immigrant deportation cases.
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