Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court justices skeptical of deportation order against Bay Area burglar

Supreme Court justices skeptical of deportation order against Bay Area burglar

The Supreme Court, hearing arguments Tuesday in a California deportation case, signaled it may make it harder for the government to forcibly remove legal immigrants with certain kinds of crimes on their record.

The case involves a native Filipino and longtime legal resident of the Bay Area who was convicted of breaking into a garage and an empty house in separate incidents.

At issue is whether crimes such as home burglary, fleeing from the police, money laundering or child abuse can be considered “crimes of violence” that trigger mandatory deportation under federal law.

The ruling could set new rules for the Trump administration if...

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