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The Supreme Court ruled that immigrants who fear torture can appeal their deportations in federal appeals court.


In a 7-2 decision on June 1, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration, holding that immigrants slated for deportation have a right to judicial review if their request for relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) is denied. The CAT protects foreigners from being deported if they are at risk of being tortured in their home country. In Justice Kavanaugh’s majority opinion, he wrote that Congress could preclude judicial review of CAT orders, but since Congress has not done so, the Supreme Court would not “rewrite the laws.” Justices Thomas and Alito dissented.

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