President Trump is calling on Congress to quickly pass a legislative fix for a major federal deportation law that the Supreme Court struck down as “unconstitutionally vague.” It allows the deportation of any non-citizen convicted of an aggravated felony, along with a catchall provision for any crime that “involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used.” The case involved a “lawful permanent resident” who has two convictions for first-degree burglary under California law. His attorney argued that he had not committed any violent act while burglarizing his victims, so deportation shouldn’t apply. Trump’s own appointee, Justice Gorsuch, joined with the liberals in siding with the defendant.
Trump has tried before to get reforms of immigration laws through Congress, but he’s been stymied by Senate Democrats who block the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster. So there’s some doubt as to whether they will allow the law to be clarified, even though it’s now allowing non-citizens convicted of multiple felony burglaries to escape deportation. Let’s hope their constituents make their displeasure very clear to them, the same way some California cities are making it clear to the state government that they are tired of criminal illegal aliens being turned loose to prey on citizens.
Of course, that would require this story to get enough media coverage for voters to hear about it, and that’s not very likely. I bet that most Americans foolishly believe that simply being caught in America illegally should be grounds enough for deportation, or that committing any felony should be reason enough to revoke residency privileges. Is it really so unclear to our learned judges and elected officials that it’s idiotic to wait until an American citizen gets shot, clubbed, stabbed or raped before we finally throw convicted criminal non-citizens out?
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