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After Loss In Court Trump Is Demanding A Legal Loophole Be Closed

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After Loss In Court Trump Is Demanding A Legal Loophole Be Closed

The president called on Congress on Tuesday to pass more strict immigration laws after Justice Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision ruling in favor of an immigrant threatened with deportation. 

“Today’s Court decision means that Congress must close loopholes that block the removal of dangerous criminal aliens, including aggravated felons,” Trump tweeted.

“This is a public safety crisis that can only be fixed by Congress — House and Senate must quickly pass a legislative fix to ensure violent criminal aliens can be removed from our society,” he added.

The high court earlier in the day sided with James Garcia Dimaya who is a Filipino immigrant that the government tried to deport after his second first-degree burglary conviction in California. The Supreme Court ruled that the convictions did not qualify as cause for deportation because the law’s definition of a crime of violence is too vague. Trump’s nominee, Gorsuch, sided with the court’s four liberal justices in the case. 

Justice Elana Kagan delivered the opinion of the court and relied on a 2015 ruling in which the court said a similar clause in the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) defined a “violent felony” was unconstitutionally void for vagueness. 

Trump had challenged Congress for stricter immigration laws earlier this month with another series of tweets. He complained that the existing rules “do not easily allow us to send those crossing our Southern Border back where they came from.”

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The Justice Department echoed the president’s challenge by calling on Congress to close loopholes that allow “criminal aliens” to remain in the country.

Credit: The Hill

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