Trump rejects idea of expanding U.S

The Supreme Court Building is seen on Decmeber 24 2018 in Washington DC

The Supreme Court Building is seen on Decmeber 24 2018 in Washington DC

The decision overturned a ruling of the oft-reversed 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

During oral arguments in October, the Trump administration argued that given the limited money and manpower available, it was almost impossible for the federal government to immediately detain every immigrant upon their release from custody.

In the case before the justices, a group of mostly green card holders argued that unless they were picked up immediately after finishing their prison sentence they should get a hearing to argue for their release while deportation proceedings go forward.

"The issue before us is entirely statutory and requires our interpretation of the strict 1996 illegal-immigration law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton", he wrote.

At issue is a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that said juveniles can not be given mandatory life-without-parole sentences unless they committed murder or were determined permanently incorrigible. The ruling means USA immigration authorities can arrest and detain immigrants years, even decades, after they are released from prison or jail.

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The American Civil Liberties Union represented the immigrants in the case before the Supreme Court.

Immigration law says that after a person commits a crime for which they can be deported and serves their sentence, the government should take them into immigration custody when they're released.

The Trump administration, however, said the government should be allowed to hold convicted noncitizens at any time - and the conservative-majority top court has agreed.

Writing for the conservative majority, Justice Samuel Alito, said immigration law mandates the detention of "deportable criminal aliens" even if it is years later.

In his own dissent, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer said the court's ruling raised serious questions around due process, asserting that the decision "runs the gravest risk of depriving those whom the government has detained of one of the oldest and most important of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms".

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Alito pointed out that courts repeatedly have held that an official's duties are better done late than never.

"The problem with that", Scalia told "Your World with Neil Cavuto" Wednesday, "is, obviously Section 2, Article II of the Constitution makes very clear that the president has the power and authority to nominate and, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint Supreme Court justices". Alito said it is hard for federal officials to discover when noncitizens will be released from prison, since certain states and localities will not provide that information.

Judges said on Monday they will take up an appeal filed by the state of Virginia objecting to a lower court's decision that ordered Lee Boyd Malvo's sentence of life in prison without parole in the so-called "DC Sniper" crimes be thrown out.

The 9th Circuit said such immigrants could seek bond hearings to argue for their release.

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