Two Simple Words May Help Decide Immigration Case Before the High Court

February 19, 2024

What if the fate of an immigrant hinged on how the Supreme Court interprets the words “not” and “or”? It might in the case of Campos-Chaves v. Garland, with arguments scheduled for January 8—when the intricacies of U.S. immigration law and the English language collide in the courtroom. Moris Campos-Chaves, a gardener from El Salvador who now lives in Houston, faces deportation due to a missed hearing, which he argues he wasn’t properly notified about. In 2005, Campos-Chaves entered the United States as an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and has worked as a gardener in the years since, living with his wife and two U.S.-citizen children. He was ordered removed in absentia after failing to appear at his hearing.

What if the fate of an immigrant hinged on how the Supreme Court interprets the words “not” and “or”? It might in the case of Campos-Chaves v. Garland, with arguments scheduled for January 8—when the intricacies of U.S. immigration law and the English language collide in the courtroom. 

Moris Campos-Chaves, a gardener from El Salvador who now lives in Houston, faces deportation  due to a missed hearing, which he argues he wasn’t properly notified about.

In 2005, Campos-Chaves entered the United States as an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and has worked as a gardener in the years since, living with his wife and two U.S.-citizen children. He was ordered removed in absentia after failing to appear at his hearing. However, Campos-Chaves’s attorneys note that he was not provided a date and time of the hearing as the law requires and that the statute allows noncitizens like him to get another chance at avoiding deportation by revoking such an order.

The source of this news is from New York University

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