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Immigration Case Challenges Justice Department's Credibility

Published: Mar 14, 2012 11:00 am By: Jess Bravin - WSJ.com

"The Justice Department said it was prepared to correct its possibly misleading statements that influenced a Supreme Court ruling against immigrants facing deportation.

Justice Department lawyers told the high court in a 2009 case that the government "facilitates" the return of deportees who later win their cases on appeal. Chief Justice John Roberts relied on that statement in finding that while deportation is a "serious burden for many aliens," it wasn't "categorically irreparable" and therefore was permissible in most circumstances while appeals are pending."

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