Miller Mayer immigration attorney Steve Yale-Loehr was quoted by Law360 in “The Top Immigration Cases of 2018.” (subscription required)
Commenting on Jennings v. Rodriguez, a Supreme Court decision that certain immigrants held in mandatory detention during removal proceedings are not entitled to bond hearings after six months in custody, Mr. Yale-Loehr said the case pits two contrasting high court decisions against each other.
In 2001, in Zadvydas v. Davis, the Court interpreted an immigration statute to require periodic bond hearings for immigrants detained after a removal order because allowing indefinite detention of a noncitizen could cause a serious constitutional problem.
Just two years later, however, in Demore v. Kim, the court upheld a provision requiring detention of immigrants awaiting their removal hearings. “If Jennings goes back to the Supreme Court, the court will have to determine which decision controls. The issue is now more important than ever, with the growing number of immigrants in detention and the long backlogs in immigration courts,” he said.