Fighting Deportation Made Harder With High Court Ruling

Law360, New York (May 19, 2016, 10:14 PM EDT) -- In ruling against a green card holder hoping to avoid being deported over an arson infraction, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday made it more difficult for some immigrants to pursue deportation relief, underscoring the rigidity of the immigration system, attorneys said.

In a 5-3 ruling that displayed some unusual alliances — with Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer joining a dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor — the Supreme Court ruled against George Luna, a Dominican immigrant who has been a green card holder for more than 30 years.

The case dealt with some fairly technical elements as it asked the court...

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