Justices Vote Immigrants Can Be Detained Indefinitely Without Bond
UPDATED 11:04 AM PT — Tues. Febraury 27, 2018
The Supreme Court ruled immigrants can be detained by authorities indefinitely, causing a major blow to immigration advocates.
The high court ruled on Tuesday that that asylum seekers and even those with permanent legal status do not have the right to periodic bond hearings.
In a five-to-three vote, the justices said immigration officials are authorized to detain certain aliens while they review their legal status.
Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the vote due to her time as Obama’s solicitor general.
This decision overturns a Ninth Circuit Court ruling, which called for detainees to receive a bond hearing every six months.