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US Supreme Court tackles immigration detention case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with another immigration dispute involving the Trump administration that focused on the U.S. government's ability to detain people awaiting deportation after they complete prison sentences for criminal convictions.
The nine justices, including the court's newest member Brett Kavanaugh, heard an hour of arguments in the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of immigrants that the government has said undermines its ability to deport immigrants who have committed crimes.
The case's outcome could hinge on the two justices President Donald Trump has appointed to the court: conservatives Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Kavanaugh asked questions of lawyers from both sides, at one point appearing skeptical toward arguments made by immigration advocates who are opposing the Trump administration. There is the possibility of a compromise ruling.
The plaintiffs include two legal U.S. residents involved in separate lawsuits filed in 2013, a Cambodian immigrant named Mony Preap convicted of marijuana possession and a Palestinian immigrant named Bassam Yusuf Khoury convicted of attempting to manufacture a controlled substance.

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