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Supreme Court to Hear Case of Immigrant Facing Deportation

  • Associated Press

FILE - The U.S. Supreme Court building is pictured in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2016.

The Supreme Court is taking up the case of a longtime U.S. resident who is facing deportation to South Korea after pleading guilty to a drug crime based on his lawyer's bad advice.

The justices are hearing argument Tuesday in an appeal by Jae Lee, who has lived in the United States for 35 years and has never been back to South Korea since coming to the United States when he was 13.

The case has taken on increased importance because President Donald Trump has promised to step up deportations, with a special focus on immigrants who have been convicted of crimes.

The American Bar Association has estimated that one of every 10 criminal defendants is not an American citizen.