Supreme Court Rules Against Undocumented Immigrants in Case

Supreme Court Rules Against Undocumented Immigrants in Case

( – Former President Donald Trump took a hardline approach to issues surrounding border security and immigration. Trump administration officials defended that approach before the US Supreme Court in January 2020, shortly before President Joe Biden took office.

On June 29, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s position. It held that government officials could indefinitely detain immigrants who claimed they would face torture and persecution if they were deported to their country of origin.

The court ruled by a 6-3 margin that immigrants were not entitled to a hearing to determine whether they should be released while the government processed their claim. All six conservative judges agreed that “those aliens [were] not entitled to a bond hearing.”

The case considered situations where an immigration officer determined immigrants would have “reasonable fear” for their safety upon deportation. That determination initiates a legal process that takes months or years in some instances.

Justice Samuel Alito, a George W. Bush nominee, wrote the court’s opinion. He wrote that the legal theories presented by the Trump administration were more persuasive than the ones advanced by lawyers representing immigrants.

While there is nothing wrong with being sympathetic to the plight of immigrants who may fear for their ongoing safety, protecting American citizens must remain the US government’s number one priority.

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