Tuesday, October 9, 2018

With Kavanaugh, Supreme Court to decide pending cases affecting more than 1 million immigrants

When Justice Brett Kavanaugh settles in for his first week on the Supreme Court, he will inherit cases that will determine the short-term fate of more than 1 million immigrants and possibly change the course of the nation's immigration system for decades.
From his perch at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh has presided over only a handful of cases that directly deal with immigration. The cases were varied and dealt with very specific issues, but one lawyer who appeared before Kavanaugh said President Donald Trump's nominee established a clear-cut approach to immigration.
"The only common thread is the immigrant ... did not benefit from the outcome," said Leon Fresco, who headed immigration legislation in President Barack Obama's Justice Department.
Marielena Hincapié is so concerned about Kavanaugh's views on immigrants that the organization she leads – the National Immigration Law Center, a traditionally nonpartisan group that represents immigrants – issued its first-ever opinion on a Supreme Court nomination when it came out against Kavanaugh.
"Kavanaugh on the court will be devastating for the country for decades to come, especially for women and minorities," Hincapié said after his confirmation was secured.
With Kavanaugh’s addition, the nine-judge court will have its first reliable conservative majority in decades. --->
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