Friday, July 13, 2012

'Operation Endgame' and the profitable purge of legal immigrants | Sadhbh Walshe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

'Operation Endgame' and the profitable purge of legal immigrants | Sadhbh Walshe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Thanks to the 1996 Immigration Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, green card holders convicted of even the most minor of crimes can be stripped of their legal status and shipped out of the country. Before 1996, there were only four categories of crime that would have led to the expulsion of a legal permanent resident. The immigration law expanded the number of crimes that could lead to removal to over 50, and so broadly defined their terms that a combination of shoplifting and not returning a library book could be enough to get a person expelled. The law is also retroactive, so people who committed minor crimes decades ago can be subject to deportation. And finally, the law provided for mandatory detention of immigrants undergoing removal proceedings, which ensures the mostly privately run immigrant detention centers are full and turning a profit.

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