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S. 2021: Removing Marijuana from Deportable Offenses Act

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About the bill

Should marijuana use or possession be grounds for expulsion from the U.S.?


More than 34,000 undocumented immigrants were deported between 2007 and 2012 for marijuana possession as their most serious offense.

This dropped considerably starting in November 2014, after the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that marijuana possession would no longer be an “enforcement priority” for deportation officials.

However, the Trump Administration reverted to once again making it a federal enforcement priority.

What the legislation does

The Removing Marijuana from Deportable Offenses Act would remove use, possession, or distribution of marijuana from the list of actions meriting deportation.

It would also establish that any undocumented immigrant who had previously been deported for such a marijuana-related offense can apply for readmission to the ...

Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jun 27, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 27, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 27, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

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Jun 27, 2019

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S. 2021 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2021. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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