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Jama v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Docket No.: 03-674
Certiorari Granted: Feb 23 2004
Argued: October 12, 2004
Decided: January 12, 2005


8 U.S.C. 1231, Civil Rights, Deportation, IIRIRA, Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, Immigration and Nationality Act, Immigration and Naturalization, habeas, immigration

PartyNames: Keyse G. Jama v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Petitioner: Keyse G. Jama
Respondent: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Citation: 329 F3d 630
Supreme Court Docket

Keyse G. Jama
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
543 U.S. 335 (2005)
Question Presented:

Whether the Attorney General can remove an alien to one of the countries designated in 8 U.S.C. ยง 1231(b)(2)(E) without obtaining that country's acceptance of the alien prior to removal.


May immigration officials deport a person to his country of birth under 8 U.S.C. 1231(b)(2)(E)(iv), if that country lacks a functioning central government that is able to accept the person's return?


formerly JAMA v. INS

Jama v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

October 12, 2004

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 4 vote(s) against
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By: Justice Antonin Scalia
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