'Habitual Drunkards' Can't Duck Deportation, 6th Circ. Says

By Kevin Penton (November 21, 2018, 4:12 PM EST) -- Federal immigration law that bars "habitual drunkards" from being eligible for certain legal relief does not violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, the Sixth Circuit held Tuesday in a case in which a Polish native with several drunk driving convictions sought to avoid deportation.

Congress determined that a "rational basis" exists for holding that habitual drunkards lack "good moral character," as those who fall under the term's definition not only are people with alcoholism but have engaged in harmful conduct during a specific review period, according to the three-judge appellate panel's opinion.

The Sixth Circuit rejected Mariusz Tomaszczuk's...

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