Supreme Court to review rights of detained immigrants

Supreme Court to review rights of detained immigrants
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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review whether immigrants who are detained for more than six months while waiting for deportation proceedings deserve a chance to be released on bond.  

The Obama administration is appealing a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a class action lawsuit that said immigration judges must hold bond hearings for certain detained individuals to “ensure that after a lengthy period of detention, the government continues to have a legitimate interest in the further deprivation of an individual’s liberty.”

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To keep an immigrant behind bars, the court said, the government must prove at the hearing that the individual is a danger to the community or a flight risk.

In reviewing the case, known as Jennings v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court will also weigh the rights of immigrants with criminal records and those accused of having ties to terrorism.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling before the end of the month on the legality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigrations, which aim to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation.

According to court documents, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detains more than 429,000 individuals over the course of a year, with roughly 33,000 individuals in detention on any given day.