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News Posted on October 6, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments for Media on Supreme Court Immigration Detention Case

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for media including KQED, KPCC, Law360 and FiveThirtyEight on Jennings v. Rodriguez, a U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine whether detained immigrants are entitled to bond hearings after six months of custody. Newly appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch is widely seen as the potential deciding vote, and might be expected to side with the Court’s conservatives in backing the government’s position, but that may not prove to be the case, Dean Johnson said.

“It’s a more refined question than just, ‘Do I favor detention of immigrants?’” he said. “The question is, ‘Do I think there should be a judicial check on executive overreach?’ So it’s not inconceivable that Gorsuch could side with the immigrant here.”

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.