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Federal Court Certifies Class Action Challenging Immigration Detainers

"Federal Judge John Lee of the Northern District of Illinois has granted class certification in a federal class action lawsuit challenging the federal government’s unlawful use of immigration detainers to hold immigrants in the custody of local law enforcement agencies. Heartland Alliance’s...

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit by Detained Asylum-Seekers to Proceed as a Nationwide Class Action

"A federal court judge has certified a nationwide class , and rejected the government’s motion to dismiss, in a lawsuit filed on behalf of certain asylum seekers who are detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for months while they await screening interviews that allow them to...

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...

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....

Class Action Suit Filed Against Texas Immigration Jail

"The operators of an immigration detention facility violated the First Amendment rights of women participating in a hunger strike by locking them in isolation cells and threatening to take their children, a proposed class action filed Thursday in Texas federal court alleges. U.S. Immigration...

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Training Document on Particular Social Groups Made Public | A PowerPoint presentation apparently given to asylum officers at USCIS was made public in late April, providing insight into the agency’s handling of potential claims for asylum based on membership in a particular social group. According...

Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Work Permit Delays: NWIRP v. USCIS

"Plaintiffs challenge Defendants’ policies and practices of unlawfully delaying adjudication of applications for employment authorization and refusing to issue interim employment authorization. ... Individual Plaintiffs seek to represent the following nationwide class: Noncitizens who have...

Class Action Lawsuit for Unlawful Delays in Employment Authorizations Filed

"Last Friday, three immigrants and two immigration service providers filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully delaying the adjudication of their applications for employment authorization...

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...

EB-5 Class Action Lawsuit Filed: Zhang v. USCIS (Cash is Cash)

"This is a putative class action brought by immigrant investors who sought and were unlawfully denied the chance to immigrate to the United States pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1153(b)(5), known as the “Immigrant Investor Law” or “EB-5 Program.” ... Despite Plaintiffs’...

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...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Faces Criticism, Lawsuit After Revising October Visa Bulletin | The Department of State and Department of Homeland Security faced extensive criticism and a federal lawsuit after revising the October visa bulletin less than a week before it was expected to take effect. The revised visa...

#VisaGate2015 Lawsuit Update - Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind, Nov. 16, 2015 - "Today we filed for class certification motion in Mehta v. Kerry. That motion asks the judge to certify our case as a class action so that all people in the same shoes as our named plaintiffs will be able to file their adjustment of status applications as if the Visa...

Arizona Detention Conditions Lawsuit Moves Forward: Doe v. Johnson

Court Rejects Government’s Efforts to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Inhumane Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities and Certifies Large Class of Immigrant Plaintiffs; Class Now Seeks to Unseal Government Documents Detailing Abuse NILC, Jan. 13, 2015 - "On Monday, a federal district...

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...

Class Action Habeas Challenges Detention of Immigrants: Muzaliwa v. Brott

ACLU, April 12, 2016 - "The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans, and Dorsey & Whitney filed a class action lawsuit challenging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of continuing to detain immigrants...

H-1B Lottery Lawsuit Filed - Tenrec v. USCIS

Parrilli Renison, June 2, 2016 - "Our firm has initiated a legal challenge to the current lottery process in place for H-1B cap subject petitions, which are at present required to be filed in a 5 day window and randomly selected without regard to order of filing in previous years. Our BLOG POST...

Immigration Class Action Settlement: Lyon v. ICE

ACLU, June 14, 2016 - "In a first of its kind class action settlement , the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has agreed to change its policies in four Northern California detention centers, ending severe restrictions on telephone use that make placing outgoing calls nearly impossible...

Class Certification Granted in MALDEF's RICO Suit Against Phony Visa Recruiters - Castellanos v. Systems USA

MALDEF, June 22, 2016 - " Yesterday, Judge Stephen J. Murphy of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that MALDEF's lawsuit against Systems USA Inc. and Systems USA Consulting LLC for violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) should...

Class Action Status Certified in J.E.F.M. v. Lynch

Matt Adams, NWIRP, June 27, 2016 - "A federal court has granted class-action status to a lawsuit challenging the federal government's failure to provide children in immigration court with lawyers in their deportation hearings. Several thousand children are estimated to be members of the class...

Nationwide Class Certification Granted: Mendez-Rojas v. Johnson (Asylum; One-Year Filing Deadline)

NWIRP, Jan. 12, 2017 - "A federal court in Seattle has granted nationwide class action status to a case seeking to protect the rights of thousands of asylum seekers pursuing protection from persecution in their home countries. On January 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District...

Immigrant Rights Groups File Class Action Suit Challenging Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban”

AIC, Jan. 30, 2017 - "On January 30, 2017, the American Immigration Council, along with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the National Immigration Project filed a nationwide, class action lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation...

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Delays in Immigration Courts: Cancino Castellar v. Kelly

ACLU San Diego, Mar. 10, 2017 ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against DHS Challenging Months–Long Delays in Bringing Detained Immigrants, Asylum Seekers Before Judges Thousands Are Incarcerated For Months In Remote Facilities Waiting To See A Judge "The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial...

Class Action Challenges Chicago ICE Pre-Hearing Detention: Chavez Aguilar v. ICE

Chavez Aguilar v. ICE, Case: 1:17-cv-02296, N.D. Il., E.D., Mar. 27, 2017 - "This complaint presents a challenge to the policy and practice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Chicago Field Office (hereinafter “ICE” or “ICE Chicago”) of detaining individuals...