11th Circ. Says Drug Conviction Enough To Deport Immigrant

Law360, San Francisco (September 20, 2016, 7:41 PM EDT) — A divided Eleventh Circuit found Monday that an Albanian immigrant’s conviction for selling controlled substances under Florida law made him ineligible to escape removal proceedings because the crime amounted to an aggravated felony as defined by federal law.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel found that Florida’s statute prohibiting the possession and sale of controlled substances can be divided into discrete offenses, and that the offenses for which Ilir Spaho’s was convicted are subject to the Immigration and Nationality Act’s generic definition of “illicit trafficking,” an…

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