The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that undocumented immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents can no longer attempt to avoid deportation following criminal arrests, according to The Associated Press.
The decision, which was made on May 21, came after a man attempted to challenge his deportation after he was arrested. The ruling states individuals arrested for criminal activity are no longer able to use their parents’ qualifications when trying to avoid a deportation sentence. Prior to the decision, individuals without U.S. citizenship were including the amount of years their parents lived in the country in attempt to be considered a legal immigrant.
There are several offenses that can can cause undocumented immigrants to face deportation, such as theft, laundering or murder. The Obama Administration has made immigrants with a criminal history their deportation priority. The Department of Homeland Security started training sessions at the beginning of the year which officials hope will lead to speedier arrests of high-risk immigrant criminals, according to the New York Times.
There have been several other programs developed by federal officials aimed toward making sure criminals living in the country illegally are found, arrested and deported. One of the programs, Secure Communities, has been a hot topic in the media recently and has been widely covered based on its controversial nature. The fingerprint collecting system allows local law enforcement officers to obtain a list of criminals without U.S. citizenship that have been arrested in the area.
The controversial program has been deemed unfair by many public figures as well as immigrant advocates for allegedly promoting racial profiling toward Latino communities.
The Secure Communities program was recently ruled mandatory by the Supreme Court and is expected to reach all of the states by 2013.