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Allow access to relief in deportation proceedings

The Supreme Court issued a 6-3 opinion in Niz-Chavez v. Garland, reversing a lower court's decision that had limited access to "cancellation of removal," an important form of relief for noncitizens in deportation proceedings.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, adopting a rigid interpretation of a federal statute that requires the government to serve a "notice to appear" in order to trigger the "stop-time" rule. That rule can foreclose access to immigration relief by preventing noncitizens from accruing the time required for eligibility.

The voting line-up was unusual. Gorsuch's majority opinion was joined by the court's three liberals--Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan--as well as two other conservatives--Justices Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a dissent, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Source: ScotusBlog on 2021 SCOTUS "immigration law" , Apr 29, 2021

Other Justices on Immigration: Neil Gorsuch on other issues:
Samuel Alito(since 2006)
Amy Coney Barrett(since 2020)
Stephen Breyer(since 1994)
Neil Gorsuch(since 2017)
Ketanji Brown Jackson(nominated 2022)
Elena Kagan(since 2010)
Brett Kavanaugh(since 2018)
John Roberts(since 2005)
Sonia Sotomayor(since 2009)
Clarence Thomas(since 1991)

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Merrick Garland(nominated 2016)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg(1993-2020)
Anthony Kennedy(1988-2018)
Antonin Scalia(1986-2016)
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David Souter(1990-2009)
Sandra Day O'Connor(1981-2006)
William Rehnquist(1975-2005)

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