Cleaning Up Records of Those Who Have Completed a DEJ

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) wrote Assembly Bill 1352 because, over the years, thousands of immigrant defendants have agreed to plead guilty and successfully fulfilled all Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ) requirements. Unfortunately, under federal immigration law that guilty plea and the DEJ requirements created a damaging drug “conviction” on their records. So, even though California dismissed the charges, under federal law, the conviction remains for immigration purposes. And as a result, the DEJ drug “conviction” has led to mandatory ICE detention, deportation, permanent banishment, and permanent separation from family, including U.S. citizen dependent parents, spouses, and children. Here’s more from Assemblymember Eggman as she presented her measure to the Assembly Public Safety Committee in this Assembly Access video.