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Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Asserting Right to Counsel for Immigrant Detainees with Mental Disabilities

"In the latest victory on behalf of unrepresented immigrants with mental disabilities held in immigration detention facilities, a federal judge has ruled that Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and partners have been assigned to represent detainees in a three-state region as a class...

A.B.T. v. USCIS: A Nationwide Class Action to Fix the “Asylum Clock” Terms of Settlement

"On April 12, 2013, the plaintiffs in A.B.T. et al. v. USCIS, et al. , represented by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Seattle law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw, filed a proposed...

Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

"On Monday, November 4, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ordered the final approval of a nationwide class action settlement agreement . The settlement will help ensure that asylum seekers, who have fled persecution in their home countries, are not unlawfully prevented from working and supporting...

Federal Court Rules Immigrant Detainees Must Be Given Bond Hearings (Khoury v. Asher)

"A federal court ruled late yesterday that a class of immigrants detained at the Tacoma-based Northwest Detention Center must be given bond hearings. The court’s decision comes at the same time that hundreds of immigrant detainees are participating in a hunger strike at the facility. U.S....

'No Lawyer Will Stand With The Child'

"Plaintiffs are eight immigrant children, ranging in age from ten to seventeen. The Government has begun proceedings to deport each of them; they will soon be called to appear before an Immigration Judge. In court, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will be represented by a...

NWIRP Files Lawsuit Targeting Corrupt ICE Official

"Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) today filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ignacio Lanuza Torres after a government attorney successfully convinced an Immigration Judge to order Mr. Lanuza deported based on a knowingly falsified government document. An employee with U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Lawsuit: ICE Attorney Forged Document

"A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a Seattle U.S. District Court, seeks $500,000 in damages for Ignacio Lanuza...

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...

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Failures of CBP to Respond to FOIA Requests

"Yesterday, a class action lawsuit was filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA gives...

Federal Judge Rules Border Patrol Unlawfully Arrested Anacortes (Wa.) Man

"A federal district court judge has ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol unlawfully arrested an Anacortes resident in 2011. U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart declared that the Border Patrol did not have a lawful basis to arrest Gustavo Vargas when a Border Patrol agent requested an Anacortes...

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...

Immigrants with Mental Disabilities May Reopen Deportation Cases: Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder

ACLU So. Cal., Sept. 25, 2015 - "Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were ordered deported after being forced to represent themselves in court may be able to return to the U.S. under terms of a settlement approved today in a landmark class action lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge...

Former ICE Attorney Pleads Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges

NWIRP email, Jan. 15, 2016 - " A former attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jonathan M. Love, pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges following an investigation initiated as a result of a lawsuit brought by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Mr. Love admitted...

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...

Asylum Seekers File Class Action Lawsuit Against DHS Over One-Year Filing Deadline

NWIRP, July 1, 2016 - "The U.S. Government has placed unnecessary hurdles in front of asylum seekers who are attempting to file asylum applications within the required time period. In fact, bureaucratic obstacles, a well-documented court backlog, and jurisdictional disputes between agencies often...

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...