U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Immigrants Awaiting Hearings Can Be Detained Indefinitely

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at 9:30 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court Building is seen in this March 31, 2012 photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday over whether immigrants can be detained indefinitely while awaiting deportation hearings. Approximately 400,000 people a year are detained by federal immigration officials, some for more than a year, while fighting their deportations. The American Civil Liberties Union says that's unconstitutional and filed a class action lawsuit requiring bond hearings to be held within six months. The case is being watched especially close because the outcome could limit President-elect Trump's immigration policy.

Guests:

Kevin R. Johnson, dean, professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair, University of California, Davis

Julie Small, reporter, KQED News

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