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Supreme Court weighs rules for jailing immigrants who are fighting deportation

Supreme Court weighs rules for jailing immigrants who are fighting deportation

Facing the likelihood of dramatically stepped-up deportations under a President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court justices sounded closely split Wednesday over whether the government can indefinitely jail immigrants with criminal convictions while they fight legal efforts to remove them from the country.

Trump, who made illegal immigration one of the platforms of his presidential campaign, has promised to deport as many as 3 million immigrants once he takes office, and the Supreme Court case involving a Los Angeles immigrant could give his administration greater leverage.

Citing a 1996 law that mandates the “detention of criminal aliens,” Obama administration lawyers...

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