When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer began to read from his dissent in a key immigration case Tuesday, he warned that his recitation would be long, but said the principles were clear.

Breyer went on to criticize the court’s majority decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez that detained aliens do not have a right to periodic bail hearings. Citing the Declaration of Independence and Blackstone, among other sources, he asserted that confined aliens in this country have a basic right of due process to seek bail.

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