From the Washington Post:
ICE has detained or deported prominent immigration activistsAnother way of looking at it is: why have you spent 24 years in the U.S. since you were ordered deported?
By Maria Sacchetti and David Weigel January 19 at 8:04 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has detained or deported several prominent immigrant activists across the country, prompting accusations from advocates that the Trump administration is improperly targeting political opponents. …
Montrevil, who was deported to Haiti on Jan. 16, came to the U.S. legally in 1986 and was ordered deported in 1994. He has multiple felony convictions related to drug possession, according to ICE. But in an interview with the radio show Democracy Now, he questioned the timing of his deportation.
“I have been under supervision for 15 years, and I’ve never violated,” Montrevil said. “I have always made my appointment. And I stay out of trouble. I have volunteered, and I work and take care of my kids. I pay taxes every year. I did everything right. Everything they asked me to do, I have done it. So why target me now?”
From the leftist Alternet:
Jean Montrevil came to the United States legally with a green card. He and 12 siblings arrived from Haiti in 1986, after his U.S. citizen dad sponsored them. “We came to America to make it big,” Montrevil says. “Along the way, I got stupid.”Three-time loser Haitian national drug dealers Are Who We Are.
He stumbled into the taxi business. A fellow cabbie opened the door to drugs. “I started selling marijuana to passengers. From there, I took off.”
Montrevil didn’t get very far. In 1989, at age 20, he was arrested in New Jersey, driving down I-95. “No one told me it was a corridor,” Montrevil recalls. “Police stopped black guys driving nice cars all the time, looking for people like me.” Just months into selling, he was busted for cocaine.
Out on bail, he made another drug run to Virginia. A federal agent and deputy sheriff found an ounce of crack hidden in his car’s gas tank. Montrevil would’ve gotten five years under mandatory federal sentencing guidelines. But prosecuted in Virginia state court, he got 27 years. Inside, he caught an assault conviction for fighting with another inmate.
“1989 was a rough year,” Montrevil says. “Prison saved my life.” Released early for good behavior, he opened a store selling candles and religious supplies in Brooklyn in 2000. He believes that the 11 years he served kept him from getting killed in the underground drug trade.