The Wong Wing ruling prohibited Congress from imposing criminal punishments on noncitizens without permitting them jury trials and other constitutional rights. At the same time, however, the decision reaffirmed Congress’s unfettered authority to mandate the deportation of aliens without jury trials.
The Supreme Court unanimously held that the imprisonment provisions of the legislation were void because they violated constitutional guarantees. Speaking for the Court, Justice
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