In a delicious twist of irony, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh cast the deciding vote in a decision that delivered a key win to President Donald Trump on immigration.
The Supreme Court decision allows the government to detain illegal immigrants with past criminal records without a bond hearing.
The court voted 5-4 in favor of the Trump administration.
Without Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the decision could have looked much different.
“Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote separately to say that the ruling was based entirely on the language of the statute at hand,” CNN reported. “He said it would be ‘odd’ to interpret the statute as mandating the detention of certain ‘non citizens’ who posed a serious risk of danger of flight, but ‘nonetheless' allow them to remain free during their removal proceedings if the executive branch failed ‘to immediately detain them upon their release from criminal custody.’”
Kavanaugh added: “The court correctly holds that the Executive Branch's detention of the particular non citizens here remained mandatory even though the Executive Branch did not immediately detain them."
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissent, claiming illegal immigrants should be given all the same due process as American citizens.
"It runs the gravest risk of depriving those whom the Government has detained of one of the oldest and most important of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms: the right not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law,” Breyer wrote.
President Trump continues to make immigration enforcement one of his top priorities in the White House.
"Those Republican Senators who voted in favor of Strong Border Security (and the Wall) are being uniformly praised as they return to their States," he recently tweeted. "They know there is a National Emergency at the Southern Border, and they had the courage to ACT. Great job!"
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