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The Supreme Court rules against immigration law designed to crack down on violent illegal immigrants

April 17, 2018

  In a 5-4 decision, with Neil Gorsuch casting the deciding vote, the Supreme Court ruled against part of a Federal immigration law (The Immigration and Nationality Act) which made it easier to deport illegal immigrants who are convicted of a violent crime. Here is more:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some “crimes of violence,” holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague.

  From what I have read the law lists specific violent crimes but then includes the provision which is in question, it was argued this provision was too vague and gave the Federal government too much power to expand the definitions of violent crimes.

  Here is what Neil Gorsuch had to say:

“What does that mean?” Gorsuch asked in a concurring opinion. “Just take the crime at issue in this case, California burglary, which applies to everyone from armed home intruders to door-to-door salesmen peddling shady products. How, on that vast spectrum, is anyone supposed to locate the ordinary case and say whether it includes a substantial risk of physical force? The truth is, no one knows.”

“The law’s silence leaves judges to their intuitions and the people to their fate. In my judgment, the Constitution demands more,” Gorsuch added.

  I have a bit of a problem with him saying it leaves people up to their fate. It does not take into account the fate of the potential victims and it lessens the role the criminals play in determining their own fate. If they were not caught committing a crime they would not be fated for deportation.

I expected Donald Trump to attack Neil Gorsuch but he took the high road, calling on the Congress to strengthen the law:

President Donald Trump reacted to the ruling on Twitter on Tuesday evening, writing, “Today’s Court decision means that Congress must close loopholes that block the removal of dangerous criminal aliens, including aggravated felons. This is a public safety crisis that can only be fixed by Congress — House and Senate must quickly pass a legislative fix to ensure violent criminal aliens can be removed from our society. Keep America Safe!”

  I would not expect the Congress to act quickly on this. In fact I would be surprised if they did anything.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Chip permalink
    April 17, 2018 8:39 pm

    Does that mean we can use the ruling when they pass vague gun laws concerning what will be described “Assault Weapons”?

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    • petermac3 permalink
      April 17, 2018 9:34 pm

      Of course not. Liberal snakes in the grass like Gorsuch havevs sworn duty to make sure tax paying citizens are relegated to dirt status while law breaking illegals are free to roam the streets creating havoc in between entitlement checks.
      Dr.Savage was right again, this time regarding the Gorsuch pick for the SCOTUS warning us that his selection was a bad move (my words).

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      • April 17, 2018 11:37 pm

        I thought Gorsuch was more of the sane ones, guess not. All these ‘GOR & such’ are so anti-American & freedom. Savage posted “GORSUCH SUPREME LIBERAL”. They are truly repulsing and ungodly.
        Send the illegals to live at their homes if they want to protect them …
        I wonder what ‘godly leaders’ would be like? One’s that actually looked out for our best and did their jobs rightly.
        Today we’re told to be in the know about what they’re up to. How can we when they lie, cheat and steal? They expect us to do our jobs, but they don’t have to? May God’s Judgment come sooner than later.

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      • April 18, 2018 5:29 am

        This was supposed to be Trump’s greatest accomplishment so far and now he doesn’t even have this. Hopefully this will be an anomaly.

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      • April 18, 2018 5:32 am

        I guess they are no sane ones left down there, they have all been taken over by the swamp.

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    • April 18, 2018 5:27 am

      Somehow I don’t think that will be the case Chip, but it should be.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. April 18, 2018 9:29 am

    Amazing isn’t it how little time it takes to veer off the bridge…no wait that was Kennedy.. There must be something in the water in Foggy Bottom for it sure doesn’t take long to loose their conservative leanings for many of them.

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    • April 18, 2018 6:45 pm

      Some go off the bridge figuratively and others literally I guess. 😉 It is amazing how they are so willing to sell their supposed ideals up the river.

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