Prosecutors Face Dilemma When Offering Plea Deals To Undocumented Immigrants

Aug 3, 2017


With President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration, as the New York Times reports, it may pose difficulties for prosecutors looking to strike plea deals, as a potential repercussion for at least some immigrants could be deportation.

The article points to the case of a 23-year-old undocumented agreement who had gained some protection through a federal program for people who entered the country illegally as children.

The woman was faced with a dilemma if she pleaded guilty to driving under the influence – the potential of losing her protected status and being deported.

That and other cases are prompting a district attorneys are realizing the need to consider potential repercussions for immigrants before closing a plea deal, while some cities and states are redefining how immigrants are handled in the criminal justice system – in hopes of avoiding unintended immigration-related pitfalls.