The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that an illegal immigrant could be deported due to illegally re-entering the country after deportation.
Refugio Palomar-Santiago was deported in 1998 after being convicted of a DUI. He subsequently came back into the U.S. and was arrested in 2017.
He challenged his second deportation based on a Supreme Court ruling in 2004 that a DUI is not necessarily a reason for deportation, and an appeals court agreed with him.
But the Supreme Court ruled that Palomar-Santiago couldn’t use the 2004 case because three conditions in a law passed by Congress had not all been met by him.
It would go against the will of elected representatives to allow him to escape deportation, the court said.
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