American Citizen Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against Feds for Illegal Detention, Profiling

"A federal court in Rhode Island has ruled that the ACLU can proceed with a lawsuit on behalf of a North Providence resident who has twice been held in prison as a deportable “alien” even though she is a U.S. citizen. The court ruling holds that there are critical constitutional limits...

DOJ Cries 'Terror' in Visa Lawsuit to Cover Up FBI Blunder

After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error. FBI agent Kevin Kelley...

Settlement Reached in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging the Shackling of Immigrants in Court

"An historic settlement was reached Thursday in a class action lawsuit between immigration authorities and immigrants who are held in custody during their civil immigration proceedings in San Francisco. The settlement brings an end to the federal government’s practice of forcing detained immigrants...

Arizona's 'Dreamer' License Ban Affects U.S. Citizens

"John Roberts, a retired postal worker from Topeka, tried to use his Kansas driver’s license to apply for an Arizona driver’s license after relocating to Waddell, a community west of Phoenix. “I was told, ‘We don’t accept driver’s licenses from other states,’...

Yale Law Worker & Immigration Rights Advocacy Clinic Lands One-Two Punch

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, Mark Reid walked free . The next day, ICE caved on a detainer lawsuit . What next for Michael Wishnie and his students?

AI Justice Sues CBP: Release Detention Abuse Documents

"Americans for Immigrants Justice (AI Justice) filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to force CBP to disclose documents and records related to the abuse immigrant women, children and men held by CBP in detention facilities along the US border. “We...

Immigrants without legal status in U.S. sue Georgia for in-state tuition

"Rigoberto Rivera grew up in Georgia, he graduated from Roswell High School and he and his parents are paying state income taxes. Now he wants to go to college and study criminal justice in his home state. But he said he can't afford it because Georgia won't let him pay its in-state tuition...

ARIZONA SUPERIOR COURT GRANTS MALDEF MOTION TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF DACA STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION CASE

"The state court considering an unusual case in which Arizona is suing one of its own community college districts for recognizing that Arizonans should be treated equally, has granted MALDEF's motion to intervene to represent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students attending the...

Ibrahim 'No Fly List' Opinion Unsealed, But Mysteries Remain

" An eight-year fight over a Stanford graduate student's mysterious inclusion on various terror watch lists ended Wednesday with the revelation she has been off the no-fly list since 2005. The disclosure comes in the fully unsealed 38-page opinion by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, which...

DHS Cowed, Settles Denver Immigration Court Access Lawsuit

"The Federal Protective Service has a heavy responsibility. Their mission is to keep federal properties safe and secure for employees, officials and visitors, alike. One such property is the newly renovated Byron G. Rodgers Federal Building in downtown Denver. Among other tenants in this otherwise...

ACLU Sues DHS for Records on Checkpoints, Roving Patrols

"The ACLU of Arizona and two University of Arizona law professors filed a public information lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for records relating to U.S. Border Patrol’s interior enforcement operations in southern Arizona. DHS has completely ignored two requests...

CRBA Lawsuit Against DOS Filed: Chacoty et al. v. Kerry et al.

"American citizenship is the “right to have rights.1” Defendants have denied Plaintiffs’ statutory right to American citizenship. For decades, Defendants have applied the statute in the ways described below to grant citizenship.2 Suddenly, without any statutory change, regulatory...

Pleadings in Georgia DACA Tuition Lawsuit

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF FULTON COUNTY, STATE OF GEORGIA, CIVIL ACTION NO. 2014cv243077 DACA BENEFICIARY GEORGIA COLLEGE STUDENTS, Plaintiffs, vs. UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA’S BOARD OR REGENTS, Defendants. Motion to Dismiss - pp. 23-101 PLAINTIFFS’ RESPONSE TO DEFENDANTS’...

DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed

"The last year I've been conducting research on the legality of ICE contracts authorizing private prisons to meet performance goals by paying one dollar per day to the people they're locking up. ICE is not forthcoming about the program and it has not responded to my FOIA requests submitted...

Minn. Attorney General Sues Immigration Scammer

"The Minnesota Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit against against a woman and her companies for allegedly posing as an attorney and charging immigrants thousands of dollars for legal work on immigration matters that she was not authorized to perform. The lawsuit was filed against...

Lawsuits Challenge Border Patrol Shootings, Secrecy

"Bob Hilliard didn't become an attorney to take on civil rights cases. He's a big-time personal injury trial lawyer in Corpus Christi who sues companies like GM and Coca-Cola. His nickname is "The Bulldog." Today, Hilliard represents families in three Border Patrol shootings where...

Lawsuit Filed Against CBP Over Border Detention Conditions: Quiñones Flores v. USA

"Americans for Immigrants Justice (AI Justice) and Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against Customs & Border Protection (CBP) for its abuse and unlawful treatment of Alba, a twenty-eight year old immigrant woman who fled to the U.S. seeking...

TRAC Sues DHS Over FOIA Classification

" TRAC co-directors Susan B. Long and David Burnham have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by blocking their access to data. Long and Burnham say ICE unfairly classified...

Another Lawsuit Against CBP Alleges Horrific Detention Conditions

"Alba Quiñones Flores started her period the first week that she was in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection. Every morning, a guard delivered sanitary napkins to her cell of 20 women—but only four or five pads for all of them. Quiñones couldn't scramble to the...

Lawsuit Filed by U.S. Citizen Against S. Carolina re Tuition

"Today, MALDEF filed Rocha Herrera v. Finan in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina Spartanburg Division, against the board members of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, asserting that they violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Commission...

Exiled American Sues CBP: Olivas v. Whitford

"Plaintiff-Petitioner (hereinafter, Plaintiff) Oscar Ivan Olivas is a 45-year-old natural-born U.S. citizen who Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials unlawfully exiled to Mexico almost three years ago. Mr. Olivas has repeatedly attempted to avail himself of administrative remedies to end...

DOS Releases Asylum Country Profiles to Settle FOIA Lawsuit

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF WASHINGTON DC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE RELEASES 15 “ASYLUM COUNTRY PROFILES” TO SETTLE A FOIA LAWSUIT On June 16, 2014 David L. Cleveland wrote: "The Department of State recently released 15 “Asylum Country Profiles” to...

MALDEF SUES MICHIGAN COMPANIES FOR IMMIGRATION FRAUD AND LABOR VIOLATIONS

"MALDEF filed suit in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against Systems USA Inc. and Systems USA Consulting LLC for violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and...

Partial Settlement in Body Cavity Border Search Lawsuit

"A woman who sued a border-area hospital and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being subjected to what she argued was an unwarranted body cavity search for drugs has settled part of the lawsuit for $1.1 million. The woman, a resident of New Mexico who is called “Jane Doe”...

Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Provide Lawyers for Kids in Immigration Court

"The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government's failure to provide them with...