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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

A June Supreme Court decision over how to give immigrants notice to appear in court for deportation proceedings has opened another big legal fight over how the Trump administration can enforce deportation orders, the AP's Amy Taxin reports.

Why it matters, per Axios' Stef Kight: Depending on how the Supreme Court's decision is interpreted, it could make it a lot harder for the government to deport undocumented immigrants who have been caught illegally in the country.

The details: The 8-1 Supreme Court decision focused on a Brazilian handyman who was trying to obtain a green card, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the majority opinion that if the government doesn't provide a time and place in notices to appear in court, the notice isn't a notice under the law.

  • Justice Samuel Alito dissented alone, pointing out that one agency issues the notices, and another sets the hearing, meaning the government can't in effect put an accurate date on notices.

The impact: Already some judges have refused to issue deportation orders, while others have refused to grant attorneys' requests to throw the orders out.

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement has pushed back and appealed the judges' decisions.
  • The fight has extended beyond immigration courts: A judge in Washington state threw out an indictment against a farmworker for illegally reentering the U.S. since it was found he was deported improperly two years ago with an incomplete notice.
  • The decision could affect hundreds of thousands of immigrants and could determine whether they are allowed to stay in the U.S.

The bottom line: This is the government's own fault for telling some immigrants to appear in court without giving them a time or date in the paperwork. DHS and DOJ are already struggling with court backlogs and an onslaught of asylum claims, which slow down the deportation process.

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The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
1 hour ago - Health

Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.

Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news. 

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states.