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Immigration Law

Class Action Victory in Mass. 236(c) Litigation: Reid v. Donelan

Michael J. Wishnie, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law and Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, Yale Law School, writes: "Yesterday afternoon, Judge Ponsor (D.Mass.) certified a class defined as: "All individuals who are or will be detained within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1226(c) for over six months and have not been afforded an individualized bond hearing."  This includes many of the detained clients on the dockets of the Hartford and Boston Immigration Courts.  The case is being handled jointly by students in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which were appointed class counsel (Mr. Reid is also a veteran).  Last month, the court granted the individual habeas petition of the class representative, Mark Reid, and we hope Judge Ponsor will soon order class-wide relief, requiring ICE to provide an individualized bond hearing to all 236(c) detainees in MA held six months or more."  [Here are links to the press release and the decision .]