The Supreme Court said Tuesday that incarcerated illegal immigrants who re-entered the country after being deported are not entitled to bail under the U.S. Constitution.
In a 6-3 decision, even immigrants who claim to be in fear of persecution in their countries of origin cannot get bail and be released into the U.S. interior before an immigration hearing, the justices ruled.
There is no incentive for illegal immigrants who have already been deported not to flee if they do make bail pending a hearing, because they have little chance of being admitted once they are deported.
Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the majority in the opinion, which has become somewhat unusual in recent cases.
The court’s spring session ended Thursday with several rulings on voting rights cases.
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