Court Broadens Power To Detain Immigrants With Criminal Records

2019

The U.S. Supreme Court rules 5-4 that the government can detain – without a hearing – immigrants with criminal records, even if years have passed since they were released from criminal custody. The case centered on whether detention without a bond hearing must occur promptly upon an immigrant’s release from custody or whether it can happen months or even years later. The dissenters said that the ruling denied the immigrants “the right not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law.”