In a 5-4 decision the United States Supreme Court struck down a part of the immigration laws that make it easier for the government to deport certain immigrants. The Court decided that the definition of the term “violent crime” contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act is unconstitutionally vague. As a result of the Court’s decision, it will not be lawful for an immigration Court to use that definition of the term “crime of violence” to determine whether certain convictions rise to the level of an “aggravated felony” which almost always results in deportation.

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN PART OF THE IMMIGRATION LAWS