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    Justices side with Mexican immigrant in underage sex deportation case

    Published May 30, 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with a Mexican immigrant who faced deportation after he was convicted of having consensual sex with his girlfriend who was 16 at the time.

    The justices ruled unanimously that while Juan Esquivel-Quintana committed a crime under California law, his conduct did not violate federal immigration law.

    It's a crime in California to have sex with anyone under 18 if the age difference is more than three years. That applied to Esquivel-Quintana, who had sex with his 16-year-old girlfriend before and after his 21st birthday.

    But Esquivel-Quintana argued that his conduct would have been legal under federal law and the laws of 43 other states that are less strict. The government countered – and said the courts should defer to immigration officials in interpreting laws that are vague.

    The case is the first one before the Supreme Court that names Attorney General Jess Sessions as a party – though the incident in question took place before Sessions was confirmed to his new post.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017...tion-case.html
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    So he can't be deported? He's an illegal alien, he has to be deported, not because he had sex with a minor, but because he's in the country illegally. What is this case about?

    Let this case be a lesson to all as to why you can not hang any hopes on our Court System at any level to uphold US immigration law. They never have, they never will. They are all Open Border Thugs whether DemoQuack or Republican, Liberal or Conservative.
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    I think the article said he was an immigrant meaning legal immigrant this time. Legal immigrants can be deported if they commit crimes.

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    Oh, so he's a legal immigrant from Mexico .... that would explain the court's decision but it doesn't explain why DHS went after him to begin with. Why pursue legal immigrants when you have 30 million illegals to go after? We need more information.
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    Supreme Court rules statutory rape does not automatically trigger deportation

    Legal immigrant.
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    By Alex Swoyer - The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    A legal immigrant convicted of statutory rape doesn’t automatically qualify for deportation, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, saying that a victim must be under 16 years of age for it to be considered an aggravated felony deserving removal under immigration law.

    Juan Esquivel-Quintana, a citizen of Mexico and lawful U.S. resident since 2000, was 21 when he had sex with a 17-year-old. He pleaded no contest to a statutory rape charge in California in 2009.

    But in a unanimous 8-0 ruling, the justices said that in most states the age of consent is 16, and so for federal purposes the crime of sexual abuse of a minor requires the victim to be under 16. The court’s newest judge, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, did not participate in the case.

    The ruling overturned decisions by both an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals, which each looked at the laws and said statutory rape did qualify as abuse of a minor.

    The Immigration and Nationality Act sets standards for deportation based on the nature of criminal convictions, not on the actual details of a crime.

    At the time aggravated felonies were added to the law as deportable offenses, most states had lower ages of consent than California’s 18-year-old limit, the Supreme Court concluded.

    “Absent some special relationship of trust, consensual sexual conduct involving a younger partner who is at least 16 years of age does not qualify as sexual abuse of a minor under the INA, regardless of the age differential between the two participants,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the opinion for the court.

    He concluded: “In the context of statutory rape offenses that criminalize sexual intercourse based solely on the age of the participants, the generic federal definition of sexual abuse of a minor requires that the victim be younger than 16.”

    Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said this ruling won’t have much of an impact on immigration law because the justices focused on the difference between California’s age for a minor, which was under 18, and the federal age for a minor, which is under 16 — similar to most states.

    “It’s not significant because the number of individuals this will apply to is so tiny you can probably count them on one hand,” Mr. Spakovsky said.

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    Thank you Jean for that article, it explains things nicely. I don't agree with the ruling but the article explains the details of the riff.
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