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Supreme Court to take up immigration detention case

Florida residents may be aware that some of President Donald Trump's more aggressive immigration policies have been challenged in the courts. Trump's administration has been embroiled in a long-running dispute with areas known as sanctuary cities where undocumented immigrants are offered protection and the authorities do not fully comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The detention of undocumented workers has been a particularly contentious matter, and the U.S. Supreme Court announced on March 19 that it would hear an appeal from the Trump administration in a case dealing with this issue.

The case deals with immigrants who have been convicted of committing crimes and are being detained pending deportation after serving their sentences. Under U.S. immigration law, undocumented individuals who commit certain crimes can be held in custody indefinitely while they await deportation. In 2016, a federal appeals court in San Francisco, which is a sanctuary city, ruled that immigrants may only be held in custody by authorities for possible deportation without a bond hearing if they are detained immediately after completing their sentences.

The Trump administration is appealing the ruling because it does not want to grant bond hearings to undocumented immigrants who have been detained for possible deportation months or even years after completing their sentences. During a bond hearing, illegal immigrants can argue that they should be released because they are not a flight risk and pose no danger to the public.

Experienced immigration attorneys may advocate on behalf of undocumented workers who are facing deportation. Individuals who allegedly entered the country illegally often feel that the system is against them and removal hearings are a mere formality, but their attorneys may disagree. During a removal hearing, individuals who are facing deportation may speak and answer questions, present evidence and call witnesses to testify on their behalf.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Supreme Court Takes up New Immigration Detention Dispute", Lawrence Hurley, March 19, 2018

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