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By Andrew Chung
(Reuters) – The United States Supreme Court on Thursday bolstered efforts by some long-term immigrants to avoid deportation in a ruling criticizing the federal government for incorrectly informing a man who had illegally entered the United States from Guatemala of appear for a removal hearing. .
The judges, in a 6-3 decision that divided the court’s conservative bloc, overturned a lower court ruling that had barred Agusto Niz-Chavez from pursuing his request to quash the deportation attempt on the grounds that ‘he had lived in the United States for many years. Niz-Chavez lives in Michigan with his family after entering the United States illegally in 2005.
The issue in this case was whether federal immigration law required authorities to include all relevant details so that a notice of appearance at a hearing in one document or could convey the information across multiple documents. .
“In this case, the terms of the law ensure that, when the federal government seeks to obtain a procedural advantage against an individual, it will provide him with at least a single and reasonably complete statement of the nature of the proceedings brought against him,” he said. said Conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch. written in the decision.
Gorsuch was joined by the court’s three Liberal justices as well as Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett.
In a dissent, Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, said the decision was “confusing from the point of view of legislative interpretation and common sense.”
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