Supreme Court Reaches Verdict on Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Reaches Verdict on Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Makes RULING – 5 to 4!

( – Immigration continues to be a hot topic for debate as migrants flood across the nation’s southern border in unprecedented numbers. The US Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling that will have a lasting impact of future immigration-related cases.

Pankajkumar Patel and his wife Jyotsnaben entered the United States 30 years ago and applied for a discretionary adjustment of status in 2007. They wanted to obtain green cards to stay in the country. However, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied the petition because Patel had previously been untruthful about his citizenship when securing a driver’s license in Georgia.

Years after this incident, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began the deportation process against the couple. Patel appealed the decision, arguing that he’d made a mistake on the driver’s license application, and requested the court order USCIS officials to reconsider his application for a green card. A federal immigration judge disagreed and said DHS could proceed with his deportation.

Unhappy with the decision, Patel appealed his case to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to plead his case. The court held that it lacked jurisdiction over immigration proceedings in the absence of any legal or constitutional questions, so he petitioned the US Supreme Court.

On May 16, the US Supreme Court ruled on “Patel v. Garland.” The justices upheld an appellate ruling by a 5-4 vote. In the majority opinion, Justice Amy Coney Barrett confirmed that federal courts don’t have the jurisdiction to overturn a decision made by the DHS regarding immigration procedures.

While the court’s ruling isn’t on Patel’s deportation, it does mean the DHS can continue with deportation procedures against the couple.

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