U.S. Supreme Court Orders Second Argument in Deportation Case

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear another argument on the constitutionality of a provision in federal immigration law used to deport foreigners convicted of serious crimes.

The move suggests that new Justice Neil Gorsuch will break what is currently a 4-4 tie. The case was argued in January, before Gorsuch joined the court.

The case could affect the Trump administration’s efforts to step up deportation efforts.

The issue is whether the law’s definition of "crime of violence" is so vague as to be unconstitutional. People convicted of a violent crime are subject to mandatory deportation.

The case concerns James Dimaya, a Philippine citizen who was twice convicted of residential burglary in California and has been fighting deportation efforts.

The new argument will take place after the court returns from its three-month recess in early October.

The case is Sessions v. Dimaya, 15-1498.

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