Unusual Supreme Court vote rules illegal immigrant can avoid deportation on technicality

By Ronn Blitzer | Fox News

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of an illegal immigrant who was facing deportation, stating that they are entitled to discretionary relief because the government did not follow the rules.

Federal law says that an illegal immigrant in such a situation can avoid deportation at the attorney general’s discretion if they have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years. The clock officially stops when they receive “a notice to appear” with information about their hearing. But in cases like plaintiff Agusto Niz-Chavez’s, the government sent multiple documents containing different pieces of information. The court’s majority ruled that because the law says “a” notice, that means it must be a single document.