The Supreme Court has ruled against an illegal immigrant who sought to challenge his deportation after being convicted of using a fake I.D. to obtain a job.
In a 5-3 ruling, the conservative majority agreed that Clemente Pereida’s crime made him eligible for deportation.
Per The Hill “Pereida’s ability to remain in the U.S., where he has lived for 25 years, hinged on whether his use of a fraudulent social security card to obtain a job was considered to be a crime of “moral turpitude,” or a serious offense. Such convictions make it vastly more difficult for undocumented immigrants to challenge their removal by immigration authorities.”
Justice Gorusch wrote for the majority that federal immigration law imposes a “heavy burden” on immigrants seeking relief from deportation.
“That includes proving they do not stand convicted of a disqualifying criminal offense,” he added.
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote “the relevant documents in this case do not show that the previous conviction at issue necessarily was for a crime involving moral turpitude.”