“The Supreme Court considered on Tuesday how broad the government’s authority is to deport immigrants who commit serious crimes.
The question was in one sense fairly technical, concerning whether a federal law on the subject was unconstitutionally vague. In another sense, though, the argument was part of a larger debate over the nation’s immigration laws, which President-elect Donald J. Trump has pledged to enforce vigorously.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the laws have grown increasingly draconian.
“We have many more criminal sanctions with harsher sentences now,” she said. “Today what’s at stake is a lot more than what was at stake decades ago.”
Edwin S. Kneedler, a deputy solicitor general, said there was another side to the question.
“What’s at stake can’t be viewed just from that perspective,” he said. “What’s at stake is the fact that the immigration laws are vital to the nation’s national security and foreign relations and the safety and welfare of the country.”“
This article shows why it is important for the Courts to be able to test administrative decisions regarding immigration: the Justices are entrusted with the duty to ask the right questions.
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