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This fact sheet analyzes data on California’s ICE hold requests for individuals with convictions for marijuana-related offenses detained in local jails, from October 1, 2009 to February 10, 2013 obtained courtesy of the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as a result of litigation filed in 2010.

Immigration Detainer Requests for Low Priority Marijuana Arrests

As national, state, and local law enforcement priorities shift away from a focus on drug crime, holding this population in detention for civil immigration purposes has become an inappropriate use of public safety resources. 

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