Supreme Court Upholds DHS Practices in Deportation Notices

The United States Supreme Court recently made a significant ruling in the case of Campos-Chaves v. Garland, which will impact how deportation notices are handled. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the Court upheld the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) practice of sending Notices to Appear (NTA) without specifying the exact date and time of deportation hearings. 

The plaintiffs in this case, three immigrants, argued that the lack of precise information in their NTAs hindered their ability to defend themselves in immigration court. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito stated that as long as immigrants received adequate notice of their hearings, they could not request the rescission of their in absentia removal orders due to defective notice. 

On the other hand, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson dissented, emphasizing that Congress mandates that the government provide specific details in notices to ensure fair defense opportunities for immigrants. According to Jackson, immigrants who did not receive the required notice should be allowed to reopen their deportation proceedings and rescind their removal orders. 

The cases that led to this decision involved Moris Esmelis Campos-Chaves from El Salvador, Varinder Singh from India, and Raúl Daniel Méndez-Colín from Mexico. Each of them received NTAs with “to be determined” information and subsequently missed their hearings, resulting in in absentia removal orders. 

This ruling underscores the importance of providing clear and detailed notices to immigrants, a crucial aspect to ensure a fair and transparent deportation process. For attorney Hector Quiroga, who practices in the state of Washington, this decision reflects a conservative stance by the Supreme Court, aligning with the Biden administration’s litigation efforts to review such NTAs. 

“In this case, we can see that the Court took a decision from a conservative front, giving reason to Joe Biden, who entered litigation with the objective of requesting the review of these types of notices, which lack the correct or updated information, providing defense tools to those undergoing immigration processes,” Quiroga commented. 

This decision has significant implications for the U.S. deportation system, highlighting the need for clear and detailed notifications to ensure a fair process. At Quiroga Law Office, PLLC, we remain dedicated to providing the best representation and defense for our clients in their immigration cases.