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Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in D.C. in March. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Supreme Court orders new arguments in two immigration cases

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is ordering new arguments in two cases involving immigrants or foreigners that will give new Justice Neil Gorsuch the tie-breaking vote.

The cases were both argued before Gorsuch came to the court in April and apparently left the other eight justices evenly divided. Chief Justice John Roberts announced on Monday that the cases would be re-argued. That will happen after the Supreme Court returns to hearing arguments in the fall.

The cases include the rights of immigrants to court hearings while they face long periods of detention and the validity of a provision of immigration law that makes deportations easier.

Both cases began in the Obama administration, and the Trump administration has maintained the same position.

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