Gorsuch Joins 5-4 Ruling for Immigrant in Vagueness Dispute

April 17, 2018, 9:33 PM

Part of a federal law used to deport immigrants is too vague and therefore violates the Constitution, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held April 17.

The 5-4 decision saw Justice Neil M. Gorsuch side against the government and his Republican-appointed colleagues.

His vote for the immigrant in the case, James Dimaya, was expected by some, given the newest justice’s apparent skepticism of the government’s position at oral argument.

Under the part of the Immigration and Nationality Act at issue here, an immigrant convicted of an “aggravated felony” is subject to mandatory removal. Such a felony includes an offense that, ...

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