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High Court to Consider Detention Case

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will decide whether the federal government may indefinitely imprison hundreds of Cubans and other illegal immigrants who have finished their sentences for crimes in the United States but whose home countries cannot or will not take them back. In a brief order, the court said it would hear an appeal by Daniel Benitez, a convicted felon who came to the United States from Cuba during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift but was never given legal immigrant status. Benitez has been ordered out, but the Cuban government has refused to take him. He has been in U.S. custody for the past three years, with no end in sight. In 2001, the Supreme Court interpreted a 1996 immigration law as denying the government authority to hold any legal immigrant felon for more than six months, if deportation proved impossible. It was silent on the issue of illegal immigrants. Full Story

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