Around 20,000 Israelis gathered alongside African asylum seekers in Tel Aviv to protest against the Israeli government’s policy of deportations and imprisonment of the asylum seekers.
The protest took place in south Tel Aviv, where most of the city’s asylum seekers live, and local residents have long complained about their presence there.
Protesters carried signs reading, “No to deportation,” “We’re all humans” and “Refugees and residents refuse to be enemies.”
Immigrants can be held by U.S. immigration officials indefinitely without receiving bond hearings, even if they have permanent legal status or are seeking asylum, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
In a 5-3 ruling Tuesday, with Justice Elena Kagan recusing, the court ruled that immigrants do not have the right to periodic bond hearings.
The ruling is a defeat for immigration advocates, who argued that immigrants should not be held for more than six months at a time without such a hearing.