Immigrants held indefinitely without bail: How will public opinion on immigration affect the Supreme Court's legitimacy?

Immigrants held indefinitely without bail: How will public opinion on immigration affect the Supreme Court's legitimacy? Immigrants held indefinitely without bail: How will public opinion on immigration affect the Supreme Court's legitimacy?

February 28, 20181 min read
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Legal and illegal immigrants who are facing possible deportation may be held indefinitely without bail, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


The court overruled a decision by the 9th Circuit Appeals Court that gave detained immigrants the right to a bond hearing every six months. The 5-3 decision affects all immigrants, including asylum seekers and green card holders.


This ruling raises a lot of questions, and our experts can help.


Dr. Martha Ginn, assistant dean of Pamplin College and associate professor of political science, is an expert in Supreme Court decision-making. Her research focuses on how Supreme Court justices make decisions, how information they receive from amicus curiae influences court rulings, and how controversial decisions can affect the court's legitimacy.


Ginn is available to discuss:


-What factors influence the justice's decision-making process in controversial rulings.

-How public opinion on controversial topics affects the Supreme Court's legitimacy.

-How the definition of "immigrant" in this case may impact Trump's immigration policy.


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    Martha Ginn Professor of Political Science, Assistant Dean of Pamplin College

    Dr. Martha Ginn is a political expert on the judicial process, constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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