The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that immigrants can’t avoid deportation for criminal activities based on how long their parents have been in the United States.
Under federal law, immigrants who have been in the country continuously for seven years, and legally registered for at least five years, are given leniency in deportation hearings. The Supreme Court’s ruling clarified that the residency requirement must be fulfilled by that individual; the number of years his or her parents have been in the country cannot be added on.
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