Supreme Court Rejects Retroactive Application of Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA)Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: Chris Jaensch | Filed under: National News | Tags: Illegal Immigration Reform, Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, Immigration, Legal Permanent Residents, Permanent residency, Supreme Court, United States | 1 Comment »
A provision in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that stated that the law could be applied retroactively was rejected by the Supreme Court two days ago in their ruling on Vartelas v. Holder, No. 10-1211. The provision stated that Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who entered a criminal plea could not be allowed back into the United States after traveling abroad. This provision was being applied to Legal Permanent Residents who had entered criminal pleas before the law was in effect. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against this practice citing the “deeply rooted presumption” against applying new laws retroactively.
Here is a link to the Supreme Court decision.