Justices Told Encouraging Illegal Immigration Not Protected

By Kaitlyn Burton (December 10, 2019, 8:36 PM EST) -- A group that pushes for less immigration has sided with the federal government's bid to preserve a ban on encouraging unauthorized immigrants to stay in the country, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that the law doesn't violate the constitutional right to free speech.

In a brief Monday, the Immigration Reform Law Institute urged the justices to overturn the Ninth Circuit's ruling striking down part of the anti-smuggling law, which makes it a felony to encourage or induce someone to enter or stay in the U.S. illegally. The provision doesn't pose a risk of chilling speech protected by the First Amendment, the...

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