President Trump’s Supreme Court pick surprised the White House Tuesday; casting the tie-breaking vote against the administration on a pivotal immigration case and handing the White House a major setback in their fight to crackdown on undocumented workers.
The Court voted 5-4 against the White House’s proposal to deport specific illegal immigrants residing in the United States who commit a “violent crime,” saying the “language was too vague” to be properly enforced.
Gorsuch joined the four liberal Supreme Court Justices in striking down the proposed guidelines; surprising political pundits and conservative lawmakers.
“The court’s 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent,” writes Business Insider.
Justice Elena Kagan praised the ruling in her official opinion on the case, saying a conviction of a loosely-defined “violent crime” would result in the “virtual certainty” of deportation.