Supreme Court hears arguments over rules for deporting immigrants who have criminal records

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear the case of a Filipino burglar from Northern California to decide whether to make it easier or harder for the government to deport thousands of noncitizens who have crimes on their records. 

The case will help set the rules for deporting criminal immigrants in the Trump administration.

At issue is a federal law that calls for mandatory deportation for immigrants, including lawful residents, who are convicted of “crimes of violence.”  

But lower courts are divided on what crimes qualify as a trigger for deportation. James Garcia Dimaya was born in the Philippines, but has lived as a lawful...