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Supreme Court to Consider a Detained Immigrants Right to Bond

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court grappled over whether immigrants in custody awaiting deportation are entitled to bond hearings during prolonged detention periods. 

The Biden administration urged the high court during oral arguments to overturn appeals court rulings that allowed some detained immigrants to be released from custody while awaiting deportation proceedings. 

The arguments on Tuesday concerned a pair of cases in which appellate courts ruled in favor of detained immigrants seeking release while awaiting their deportations. 

The justices appeared divided over the issue, with some of the conservatives expressing skepticism that immigration law entitles those awaiting deportation to bond hearings, while the liberal wing suggested that the court had already made clear that the right exists for those in custody. 

The court will likely issue a decision by mid-June.