High Court Upholds Deportation For Longtime Resident


The Supreme Court today dealt a blow to some longtime illegal residents when it upheld the deportation of a Mexican man who lived in the U.S. for 20 years, the Associated Press reports. By an 8-1 vote, justices said that Humberto Fernandez-Vargas, who has been deported several times, is subject to a 1996 federal law aimed at streamlining the legal process for expelling aliens who have been deported at least once before and returned.

After his last deportation in 1981, Fernandez-Vargas returned to the U.S., fathered a child, started a trucking company in Utah and married his longtime companion, a U.S. citizen. By the time he applied for legal status after his marriage in 2001 Congress had passed the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which revoked the right to appeal to an immigration judge an order of removal.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/22/AR2006062200643.html

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