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Unpublished Paper
A CRIMINAL’S PATH TO THE AMERICAN DREAM: EXTRADITION AS A DRUG ENFORCEMENT POLICY TOOL
ExpressO (2014)
  • Laura A Gavilan
Abstract
This article explores a little-known avenue of immigration to the United States: the path that criminals from other nations embark on when they are extradited to the United States and, through cooperation agreements with law enforcement, are able to obtain immigration benefits and legal status. To illustrate this phenomenon, this article outlines the case of the United States’ war on drugs, which has led to the extradition of hundreds of Colombian drug traffickers and paramilitary leaders to the United States during the past two decades. While many of these extradited individuals have been deported back to Colombia after fulfilling their sentences, others have been able to remain in the United States evading accountability for the crimes against humanity committed in Colombia prior to their extradition. This article outlines the injustice that results from the extradition of Colombian drug traffickers and identifies the limitations of the alternatives to this current practice. In closing, this article stresses the need for further discourse on the viability of extradition as a drug enforcement policy tool and identifies the key issues that should govern this discussion.
Publication Date
January 28, 2014
Citation Information
Laura A Gavilan. "A CRIMINAL’S PATH TO THE AMERICAN DREAM: EXTRADITION AS A DRUG ENFORCEMENT POLICY TOOL" ExpressO (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/laura_gavilan/2/