Court raises bar for some immigrants to avoid deportation

The Supreme Court has made it harder for longtime immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to avoid deportation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has made it harder for longtime immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to avoid deportation.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion Thursday for a 5-3 conservative majority that ruled against a Mexican citizen who entered the U.S. illegally and has lived in the country for 25 years.

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Clemente Avelino Pereida had been charged in Nebraska with using a fraudulent Social Security card to get a job and convicted under state law against criminal impersonation.

Not all criminal convictions inevitably lead to deportation, but Gorsuch wrote for the court that Pereida failed to prove he was not convicted of a serious crime. The three liberal justices dissented.

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