Today the United States Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration when they ruled that federal authorities can deport certain immigrants who have committed crimes.
The court ruled 5-4, with the conservative justices in the majority, to uphold a lower court decision that found a legal permanent resident from Jamaica named Andre Martello Barton ineligible to have his deportation canceled under a U.S. law that lets some longtime legal residents avoid expulsion.
Barton was targeted for deportation after criminal convictions in Georgia for drug and gun crimes. He came to the US as a teenager with his mother in 1989 from Jamaica. He was convicted in Georgia in 1996 of assault and possession of a firearm after taking part in a drive-by shooting. In 2007 and 2008 he also was convicted of drug possession.
The decision could affect thousands of immigrants with criminal convictions who reside in the United States as “Green Card” holders.
Noting that deporting a permanent resident is a “wrenching process,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh, writing for the majority on Thursday said, “Removal is particularly difficult when it involves someone such as Barton who has spent most of his life in the United States. Congress made a choice, however, to authorize removal of noncitizens – even lawful permanent residents – who have committed certain serious crimes.”
According to report by the Migration Policy Institute there are nearly two million non-citizens currently living in America who the government has deemed deportable based on a criminal conviction.
The SCOTUS ruling came a day after President Trump cited the need to protect American workers and jobs during the current Chinese Coronovirus pandemic by signing an executive order blocking some foreigners from gaining permanent residence in the United States.
SCOTUS Hands Trump Administration Huge Pro-Life Win
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday endorsed a plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to give employers broad religious and moral exemptions from a federal mandate that health insurance they provide employees covers women’s birth control under the Affordable Care Act.
The court ruled 7-2 against the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which challenged the legality of the Trump administration’s 2018 rule that weakening the so-called “contraceptive mandate” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare”.
The opinion was written by Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. Elena Kagan filed a concurring opinion in the judgment, in which Stephen Breyer joined. Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, in which Sonia Sotomayor joined.
“We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption. We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote. “We hold that the Departments had the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers with religious and conscientious objections. We accordingly reverse the Third Circuit’s judgment and remand with instructions to dissolve the nationwide preliminary injunction.”
The two consolidated cases that the SCOTUS heard were Little Sisters of the Poor v Pennsylvania and Donald J Trump v Pennsylvania.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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