Supreme Court Issues Opinion on Deportation

Case involves 10-year safe harbor and notice to appear technicality.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the migrant in a case regarding the 10-year safe harbor from deportation. If an illegal alien has not been served a summons for immigration court and has been in the United States for 10 consecutive years, they can no longer be deported. The summons stops the 10-year clock. The case was decided based on the use of the word “a” to describe the summons.

In Niz-Chavez v. Garland, the migrant received two documents two months apart. The first stated that he must appear before the immigration court while the second gave him the location and time for the hearing. Justice Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the majority, stating, “‘A’ notice would seem to suggest just that: ‘a’ single document containing the required information, not a mishmash of pieces with some assembly required.”

Justice Kavanaugh was joined in dissent by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For each of the U.S. branches of government as immigration issues are considered and decided.
  • That the justices of the Supreme Court seek God’s wisdom in their rulings.
  • For God’s purpose to be fulfilled through the immigration policies of the U.S.

Sources: SCOTUSBlog, Washington Free Beacon


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