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The Supreme Court's decision in Sessions v. Dimaya


Today the SCOTUS has struck down, in a 5-4 ruling, the language in the 1996 Immigration and Nationality Act calling for deportation of legal immigrants convicted of a “crime of violence”. The SCOTUS declared that the law was so vague that it violated their rights to due process of law under the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court's decision in Sessions v. Dimaya is available at:

The 1996 immigration law requiring the deportation of immigrants who commit violent felonies has been struck down because of uncertainty over which crimes fit the bill and which do not. The ruling in the case could help clarify the crimes for which non-citizen immigrants may be expelled. Which has been a major problem with immigration law and Federalism.

Under our federalist system the USA has 50 sovereign States. Each of these States have their own criminal laws. The each State often defines the same crimes differently. Often the same crime has different names and definitions in each State.

When we are dealing with a client who is a legal immigrant it can be very frustrating to get a straight answer from an immigration attorney on the consequences to our clients immigration status that their current criminal case will have. That is why the Stornello Law Firm partners with several experienced immigration attorneys that we can refer our clients to. So that we can work together to successfully resolve the criminal case without adversely affecting out client immigration status. /Criminal-Defense.aspx.