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Supreme Court upholds government power to detain immigrants without bail

(NBC NEWS)  Pete Williams, March 13, 2018 — Immigrants who face possible deportation can be held by the federal government for months or even years without the chance to go to court and seek bail, a bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday.

The court rejected an appeals court ruling that said immigrants who’ve been detained must be allowed a bond hearing every six months. Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote Tuesday’s decision, said the appeals court reading of federal law is implausible, amounting to a rewriting of the relevant statutes.

Nothing in the text of those laws “even hints that those provisions restrict detention every six months,” he wrote. Instead, the law gives immigration authorities time to determine whether an immigrant presents a danger “without running the risk of the alien’s either absconding or engaging in criminal activity before a final decision can be made.”

Tuesday’s ruling applies to any immigrant, including those who entered the U.S. legally or who are seeking asylum.

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