The Supreme Court is making it easier for the government to deport or deny re-entry to people who are not U.S. citizens if they are convicted of local crimes.

FOX's Jon Decker has more from the White House:

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a man who had spent 23 years living in New York as a lawful permanent resident can be barred from re-entering the U.S. because of a previous conviction for attempted arson.

George Luna Torres argued that the federal crime of arson is different from the state version because it must involve interstate commerce.

But writing for the court, Justice Elena Kagan said that is simply a technical difference. Kagan was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and conservative Justices Samuel Alito, John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News.