High Court Rules On Immigration, Toxic Tap Water
Monday, June 09, 2014
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that immigrant children who waited for years with their parents to obtain visas still have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21. The justices sided with the Obama administration in ruling that immigration laws do not let children who age out of the system qualify for visas.
The court also ruled that a group of homeowners in North Carolina can’t sue a company that contaminated their drinking water because a state deadline has lapsed. The justices ruled 7 to 2 on Monday that state law strictly bars any lawsuit brought more than 10 years after the contamination — even if residents did not realize their water was polluted until years later.
- Emily Bazelon, senior editor for Slate magazine and senior research fellow at Yale Law School. She tweets @emilybazelon.