A U.S. military veteran who was deported to Jamaica over a marijuana conviction has been allowed to return to the country following a concerted push for relief by members of Congress.
It’s been more than 20 years since Navy veteran Howard Bailey was arrested after a package containing cannabis was sent to his house for a friend and he pled guilty, on the advice of counsel. He disclosed the conviction when later applying for citizenship, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used that single marijuana offense as basis to initiate a deportation proceeding.
Sens. Alex Padilla (D-CA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) last month sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting that he reopen the case.