Case Detail

Jennings v. Rodriguez
On February 10, 2017, WLF—acting for 31 Members of Congress—filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it uphold the constitutionality of a key aspect of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that requires the detention of several classes of aliens—including convicted felons—while they contest efforts to deport them. WLF argued that aliens being detained during removal proceedings have an easy way to win their immediate freedom: they can agree to leave the country. WLF asserted that Congress reasonably determined that the only way to prevent alien felons from repeating their crimes is to lock them up pending deportation. Such detention is always limited in duration: it ends as soon as removal proceedings are completed. WLF’s 31 congressional clients included the Chairmen of the Judiciary Committees of both the House and the Senate, the former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Case Status:
On June 26, 2017, the Court deferred a decision and stated that the case will be re-argued during the Court’s 2017-18 term.
More Information and Downloads:
2/10/2017: Download the Brief

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