SCOTUS Rulings Make Challenging Immigration Policies Harder

Two related cases involved noncitizens. 

The Supreme Court released a pair of rulings on Monday that will make it much more difficult for noncitizens to challenge the immigration policies of the U.S. in court.

In one unanimous decision authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Court ruled the federal government may continue to detain certain immigrants in removal proceedings without offering a bond hearing after six months regardless of how long they have been held. 

Justice Samuel Alito authored the majority opinion in the second immigration-related challenge. While similar to the former case, this case addresses a class-action lawsuit critical of the government’s practice of detaining certain immigrants for more than six months. The Court determined that a lower court overstepped its authority in granting challengers class-wide relief in the lawsuit. The high court’s majority decision will have lasting impacts on how other immigration policies can be challenged in court. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Supreme Court justices as they interpret immigration law. 
  • For the justices to seek God’s wisdom as they release the remaining decisions of this term.

Sources: SCOTUSBlog, Washington Examiner


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