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#2334: Clarification on when criminal deportation from US began (fwd)


Criminal alien removal began in the early 80s in the US, although many people 
think it began in 1996.  A series of changes in criminal laws and immigration 
laws, culminating in the anti-terrorist law of 1996, enlarged the categories 
of crimes, stripped judges of discretionary powers, and created a system 
where any conviction, even first time non-violent offenses, triggers forced 
mandatory deportations.  There are criminal deportees in Haiti who came here 
10 years ago or more.