Immigrants Facing Harsh Sentencing for Minor Infractions

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

When 28-year-old Jerry Lemaine of Long Island was told to plead guilty to ownership of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana posession, 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.


Jerry Lemaine and Aaron Simowitz

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

Violet Petran from san francisco

This case is fascinating insight into drugs and immigration in America. To deport a noncitizen like Jerry Lemaine for minor drug offenses is wrong and also wasting time and funds when there are much more important issues. In the end, presence in the U.S. is a privilege and not a right but to ignore the individuals circumstances and the nature of the offense is really an affront to due process. I talked about this case and the supreme courts take in my blog (

Apr. 22 2010 02:45 PM

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