Supreme Court takes on issue of lengthy immigrant detentions

Supreme Court takes on issue of lengthy immigrant detentionsThe Supreme Court began examining Tuesday whether thousands of migrants subjected to lengthy detentions in immigration centers should have a right to a bond hearing — and the court’s left-leaning wing appeared open to the possibility of granting conditional release. The case already appeared in the US high court in November 2016, but the eight justices — presumably deadlocked — chose to defer hearing it until the current session, with the bench back at nine following the appointment of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. The prolonged detentions are “basically saying that we’re not a country of law, that we’re a country of arbitrariness in detailing people, locking them up,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor Tuesday.

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