Supreme Court Hears Lynch v. Dimaya

Supreme Court Hears Lynch v. Dimaya

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case entitled Lynch v. Dimaya, which centered on the broadness of the federal government’s ability to deport immigrants who have committed serious crimes. From a technical perspective, the question is whether a federal law is unconstitutionally vague. However, from a broader sense, the question focuses more on the ability of the Trump administration to vigorously enforce immigration laws as it has promised. James Dimaya was a native of the Philippines who became a lawful permanent resident in 1992 at the age of 13. In 2007 and 2009, Dimaya was convicted of residential burglary. The U.S. government sought to deport him for being convicted of a crime that was categorized as an aggravated felony, or any crime that involves a substantial risk that physical force against person or property may occur during the commission of the crime. Dimaya’s lawyer argued that the aggravated felony ground for deportation was unconstitutionally vague, and compared the law at issue to a 2015 Supreme Court decision that found a similar criminal law vague to the extent that it violated the U.S. Constitution. The government countered with the fact that courts historically have found almost all civil laws to be constitutional in terms of vagueness, despite a 1951 Supreme Court ruling that both criminal and civil immigration laws should be measured against the same standard of vagueness, given the severe consequences of deportation. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. Despite the potential severity of deportation proceedings, there are many remedies that may be available to you in order to avoid deportation. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you determine the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.
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