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The Ninth Circus has been checked again. Also known as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that immigrants being detained by the government were entitled to periodic bond hearings. The Supreme Court ruled 5-3, with Kagan recusing herself, that federal immigration officials may detain non-citizens indefinitely.
"Immigration officials are authorized to detain certain aliens in the course of immigration proceedings while they determine whether those aliens may be lawfully present in the country," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. In other words, until immigrants are subjected to scrutiny by immigration officials, the court does not believe they are entitled to the same level of due process protections as American citizens.
Alejandro Rodriguez, the lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit, is an immigrant with permanent legal status who was convicted of possessing drugs and detained to determine whether he would stay in the United States for three years. The American Civil Liberties Union took up his cause and won his release and the cancellation of his deportation order from the Ninth Circuit, the most overturned federal court in America.
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