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ACLU Sues Immigration Agencies Over 'Voluntary Departure' Procedures

ACLU, June 4, 2013 : "Using misinformation, deception, and coercion, Border Patrol and ICE officers have pressured hundreds, if not thousands, of Mexican nationals with deep roots here in the United States into forfeiting their right to a fair hearing and a chance to live here lawfully, alleges...

Class Action Lawsuits in Mass., Wa. Challenge Mandatory, No-Bond Detention

" Gordon v. Napolitano is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigration detainees in Massachusetts who are unlawfully subject to mandatory, no-bond detention. Khoury v. Asher is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigration detainees in Washington State who are unlawfully subject...

Border Patrol Sued for Excessive Force: 200 Lb. Agent Throws 100 Lb. Disabled U.S. Citizen to the Ground, Cuffs Her

"The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against what the advocacy group claims are egregious abuses of power within the ranks of border law enforcement. The suit, filed in the Brownsville office of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleges that a Customs...

Settlement Ends Alabama Immigration Lawsuit

"The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement that would end a federal...

Much of Alabama's Immigration Statute Permanently Enjoined

"The Justice Department's lawsuit against Alabama over the state's far-reaching immigration law has been settled, with seven provisions of the law permanently blocked, a DOJ spokeswoman said this afternoon. The settlement was signed today by U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn...

American Citizen Sues Feds, Hospital for Invasive Body Cavity Searches at Border

The facts are appalling : A slight, 54-year-old American woman was strip-searched, then subjected to repeated X-rays, rectal and vaginal probes by CBP and the University Medical Center in El Paso for six hours. Finding nothing, CBP released her without any apology . The hospital billed her $5,000 for...

Feds: We Can't Meet Court's FOIA Demands in Detention Lawsuit

"Federal prosecutors say they can't meet a judge's demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who've been detained nationwide for months or years as their immigration statuses are reviewed. The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the government's...

Judge Scolds Feds in Immigration Detention FOIA Lawsuit

"A federal judge on Monday questioned whether the government was trying to hide or obscure something by failing to give information to a civil rights group about thousands of immigrant detainees held for long periods. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's written decision came days after government...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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, 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...

DOJ: Giving Toddlers Lawyers in Immigration Court Would 'Destroy the Framework' of System

June Williams, Courthouse News, Mar. 24, 2016 - "A government attorney told a federal judge Thursday that appointing attorneys for all children facing deportation would "destroy the framework of the immigration system." The Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union battled...

Class Action Challenges DOJ/DHS Bond Policies in Immigration Court Cases: Hernandez v. Lynch

ACLU, Apr. 6, 2016 - "The federal government sets unreasonable bonds for detained immigrants, including asylum seekers, by failing to consider immigrants’ financial resources or ability to pay, according to a class action lawsuit filed today . The suit, filed by the ACLU Foundation of Southern...