Samuel A. Alito

Gorsuch casts key Supreme Court vote to spare California immigrant from deportation

Gorsuch casts key Supreme Court vote to spare California immigrant from deportation

With Justice Neil M. Gorsuch casting the deciding vote, the Supreme Court on Tuesday spared a California immigrant from deportation because his conviction for home burglary was not the kind of “aggravated felony” that would require removing him from the country.

The decision narrows one provision of a broad federal immigration law that calls for mandatory deportation for noncitizens — including longtime lawful residents — who are convicted of a crime that involves a “substantial risk” of force or violence.

Federal law makes clear that dozens of violent crimes, including murder, rape and robbery, would trigger deportation, but the justices have struggled in recent years to...

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