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Lawsuit Charges Feds Block Muslims From Citizenship

ACLU, July 31, 2014 - "Five people who have lived in the United States legally for decades filed a lawsuit today challenging a little-known government program used to deny thousands of law-abiding people citizenship, green cards, and visas on counterterrorism grounds – most of them from Muslim...

The Border Patrol - A Paramilitary Gang of Thugs?

"Agents do whatever they want, without fear of being disciplined by their superiors. And that’s a real problem: No one—not Congress, not DHS, not U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Border Patrol’s parent agency and a division of DHS)—is holding agents accountable when they...

Feds Sued Over Unjust Deportation Process

"The National Immigration Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild today sued the federal government to challenge its policies denying a fair deportation process to mothers and children who have fled...

'Voluntary Return' Lawsuit Settled; Coercion to be Curbed

"For years, countless families throughout Southern California have been torn apart by immigration enforcement agencies' coercive and deceptive "voluntary return" practices. As a matter of standard practice, ICE and Border Patrol have misinformed immigrants about the consequences of...

Why We Are Suing the Government

"American Immigration Council Executive Director Ben Johnson explains why the Council has filed lawsuits against the federal government." - American Immigration Council, Aug. 28, 2014 .

Arizona Residents Sue Border Patrol Over Checkpoints

"Two southern Arizona residents filed a federal lawsuit today challenging U.S. Border Patrol’s obstruction of their efforts to monitor an interior checkpoint near the town of Arivaca. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson, plaintiffs Peter Ragan and Leesa Jacobson assert...

American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of people (83 percent) are deported from the United States without a hearing. These individuals never see a judge; instead, their rights and fates are determined by a single immigration enforcement officer in a summary removal procedure that can take mere minutes...

New Study Finds Immigration Officers Ordering Unlawful Deportations

Melissa del Bosque interviews Sarah Mehta: "More than two million people have been deported since President Obama took office in 2008. Among this massive number of deportations, an increasing number of people with valid legal claims to remain in the U.S. — even U.S. citizens — are...

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Obama's Intimidation of Refugee Moms, Kids

"The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the United States. The case was brought on behalf of mothers and children who...

ACLU Obtains Judgment Against Sheriff Babeu, Pinal County Based on Officers’ Use of SB 1070 “Show Me Your Papers” Law

"The American Civil Liberties Union obtained a judgment Wednesday against Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu and two Pinal County sheriff’s deputies on behalf of an Arizona woman who spent five days in the custody of immigration authorities after a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy “cited...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

95 Years Ago: Palmer Raids Target Immigrants

"At the end of World War I, anxiety in Europe and the U.S. over an emerging Bolshevik government in Russia all but overshadowed Allied victory. Known in America as the Red Scare, this fear of world communism often expressed itself as xenophobia, racism and the suppression of organized labor. In...

ACLU / NWIRP Joint Practice Advisory: Conditional Parole

DHS Files Brief to the BIA Acknowledging that IJs May Grant Release on Conditional Parole Under INA § 236(a) as an Alternative to Release on a Monetary Bond "On January 21, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) filed its brief with the BIA. There, DHS concedes that...

DOJ to Court Watchers: 'Move Along, Nothing to See Here'

"The Justice Department said Thursday that it will block video recordings of next month’s closing arguments in a Seattle court case that addresses the rights of child migrants to legal counsel in deportation proceedings. A DOJ spokesperson said the prohibition is only intended to protect the...

Court Enjoins 'Deterrence' Theory on Immigration Court Bonds for Refugee Moms, Kids

"A federal court today granted a preliminary injunction putting an immediate halt to the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children as a way to deter others from coming to the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of...

Families Separated By Coercive Immigration Practices May Be Reunited in U.S.

"Hundreds, if not thousands, of noncitizens who signed “voluntary return” forms in Southern California and were expelled to Mexico will be given the opportunity to apply to return to the United States and seek legal status, a United States district court ordered today. Judge John A....

ACLU Letter: J.E.F.M. v. Holder Status Update (Mar. 27, 2015)

"We write to update you on the status of J.E.F.M. v. Holder, 14-cv-01026-TSZ (W.D. Wash.), our case seeking legal representation for children in immigration proceedings, and to inform you of developments in the case that may be helpful to children who are currently unrepresented in immigration court...

2nd Circuit Finds NSA’s Bulk Metadata Program Not Authorized By Patriot Act

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 7 found that the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone metadata collection program is not authorized by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, reversing a trial court’s dismissal of the lawsuit brought...

Updated Rivera v. Holder Practice Advisory (Release on Conditional Parole; Alternative to Monetary Bond)

(Current as of May 1, 2015) - Immigration Judges’ Authority to Grant Release on Conditional Parole Under INA § 236(a) as an Alternative to Release on a Monetary Bond " This advisory discusses the recent decision in Rivera v. Holder, --- F.R.D. ----, [2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48370] (W...

Judge Appoints Monitor in Franco v. Holder

ACLU, March 2015 - " Franco v. Holder is a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of immigration detainees in California, Arizona, and Washington who suffer from severe mental disabilities. The Obama administration has refused to provide an attorney, the most fundamental of legal protections...

Class Action Challenges Tucson Border Patrol Detention Practices

"Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for extended periods of time in violation of the U.S. Constitution, a group of legal organizations allege in a class-action lawsuit filed Monday. The class-action suit, which was filed on behalf...

ICE Releases a Handful of Refugees from Texas Lockups

"With pressure building on the Obama administration to improve or abolish the detention of immigrant families, officials have agreed to release on bond at least half a dozen immigrant mothers, some of whom had sued the federal government for relief. The women now eligible for bond had previous...

CA1 on ICE Detention of American Citizens: Morales v. Chadbourne

"]W]e agree with Morales that the law was clearly established in 2009 that, under the Fourth Amendment, an ICE agent required probable cause to issue an immigration detainer. We, therefore, affirm the district court's denial of qualified immunity on Morales's Fourth Amendment claim against...

ICE, Nashville Cops Settle Warrantless Immigration Raid Lawsuit: Escobar v. Gaines

"The American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of victims of a warrantless raid in Nashville, Tennessee, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers. ICE and MNPD agreed to pay $310,000...

Notice of Proposed Settlement & Hearing in 'Reasonable Fear Determination' Class Action: Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson

NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AND HEARING IN CLASS ACTION INVOLVING DETAINED NON-CITIZENS WHO ARE AWAITING A “REASONABLE FEAR DETERMINATION” ALFARO GARCIA, ET AL. V. JOHNSON, ET AL., Case No. 4:14-cv-01775-YGR IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA...