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Ranking Member Nadler and Immigration Subcommittee Democrats Respond to SCOTUS Immigrant Detention Decision

Washington, DC, February 27, 2018

Today, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Ninth Circuit's ruling requiring that immigrants subjected to prolonged detention be given a custody hearing, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) joined Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Subcommittee Democratic Members Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) in issuing the following joint statement:

“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court overturned the Ninth Circuit decision requiring judicial bond hearings for certain individuals in immigration proceedings.  The Court’s ruling opens the door to the potentially indefinite detention of immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, on US soil.  Our Constitution, we believe, instructs us otherwise.  Thankfully, the Supreme Court did not reach the constitutional question, which will now be addressed directly in the lower courts.  The Constitution lives on to fight another day.”


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