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Supreme Court Conservatives Appear to Lean Toward Allowing Citizenship Question on Census

CNN reports that Supreme Court justices were deeply divided yesterday over whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Five former directors of the Census Bureau, who have served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, filed an amicus brief in the case, stating that, “The longstanding view of the Census Bureau—reaffirmed by several recent Census Bureau analyses—is that addition of the [citizenship] question will reduce the accuracy of the population.”

USC Spouse denied due process because immigrant spouse denied a visa?

Supreme Court Holds U.S. Citizen Spouse Was Not Deprived of Due Process

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Kerry v. Dinand remanded. The plurality held that because the respondent, a U.S. citizen, was not deprived of “life, liberty, or property,” the government did not deny her any constitutional due process right when it denied her spouse a visa, and that the Due Process Clause did not require the government to explain its decision to deny the visa.

Supreme Court Finds Federal Tax Offenses Qualify as Aggravated Felonies

The Court found that convictions for tax violations under 26 U.S.C. §§7206(1) & (2) qualify as aggravated felonies, holding that the convictions involved fraud and deceit, and that tax crimes are not excluded from INA § 101(a)(43)(M)(i).

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