Cornell Law Review


Criminal aliens, Immigration and Nationality Act, Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.


The law must give our government every opportunity to protect Americans from the actions of criminal alien residents. This includes interpreting our existing statutes to provide the government with the broadest authority possible to deport resident aliens who violate our laws. As such, the optimal interpretation of the "relating to obstruction of justice" language within the INA is to implement the common sense textual interpretation applied by the Third Circuit, reading the statute broadly to encompass crimes that are listed in the obstruction of justice heading in the U.S. Code, as well as other logically related crimes.