On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants convicted of crimes is too vague. Donald Trump’s SCOTUS pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was the tiebreaking vote. Gorsuch sided with the court’s four liberal justices in favor of the immigrant, James Garcia Dimaya, a native of the Philipines. The government was seeking to deport Dimyaya after his second first-degree burglary conviction in California in which he pleaded no contest.
The Justice Department argued that Dimyaya’s first-degree burglary conviction constituted a crime of violence, an aggravated felony that would result in deportation under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), but the court said that the law’s definition of a crime of violence is too vague.
Gorsuch wrote that “no one should be surprised that the Constitution looks unkindly on any law so vague that reasonable people cannot understand its terms and judges do not know where to begin in applying it.”
Business Insider reports:
Immigration judges would have allowed Dimaya to be deported, but the federal appeals court in San Francisco struck down the provision as unconstitutionally vague. The Supreme Court affirmed that ruling Tuesday.
Trump’s nominee to the high court joined the liberal majority’s 5-4 opinion in deciding that the law passed by Congress failed to define what would qualify as a violent crime, and Trump supporters aren’t taking it very well.
Gorsuch is a traitor to America https://t.co/zN8CHit130
— Deplorable Elite (@DieHard1946) April 17, 2018
So much for “But Gorsuch…”
Another traitor. https://t.co/XWRFWr36hq
— Ben Wilhelm (@THEBenWilhelm) April 17, 2018
such a disgrace, sad to have such a sorry ass Supreme court. I will be the first to sue all of the POS judges if one of these immigrants hurts me or mine ! @potus please do whatever you have to do, to override this poor decision
— beth l (@flipperlover64) April 17, 2018
— MHG⛳ (@MHGlogh) April 17, 2018
We look forward to Trump tweeting while on the toilet tomorrow morning (maybe this evening) to bash his own pick and call him a liberal activist judge. By the way, Mr. Trump, you can’t fire a Supreme Court Justice.
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