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Court: Legal immigrants can be jailed

Legal immigrants who face deportation because of a past conviction can be jailed automatically without bail, a bitterly split Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 5-4 decision, written by Chief Justice William Rehnquist over a caustic dissent by liberal justices, applies to foreigners who are ”permanent residents,” often known as green-card holders, and who have been convicted of a crime that can lead to deportation. Those crimes include most felonies, and gun and drug violations. After they are freed from prison, green-card holders can be taken into custody immediately while U.S. immigration officials decide whether to deport them. Under the 1996 federal law upheld Tuesday, such immigrants can be detained without a hearing to assess whether they are dangerous or are flight risks. Full Story

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