SCOTUS Upholds Law Preventing Encouraging Illegal Migration

Reverses the ruling by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court recently ruled to uphold a provision of federal law that prevents encouraging non-citizens “to come to, enter or reside” in the U.S. illegally. 

The court ruled against California resident Helaman Hansen, who was convicted by that law in 2017 for running a phony “adult adoption” program targeted at illegal immigrants. Hansen appealed the conviction, saying that the law was too broad and violated his right to free speech.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote in the opinion, “Properly interpreted, this provision forbids only the intentional solicitation or facilitation of certain unlawful acts. It does not ‘prohibi[t] a substantial amount of protected speech’—let alone enough to justify throwing out the law’s ‘plainly legitimate sweep.’”

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion to “emphasize how far afield the facial overbreadth doctrine has carried the Judiciary from its constitutional role.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the justices as they release the final rulings of the current term.
  • For wisdom for the justices as they begin to choose the cases they will hear in the fall.
  • For American citizens to adhere to and abide by immigration laws.

Sources: Reuters,


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