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Case Name Abraham v. Reno IM-DC-0008
Docket / Court 1:00-CV-01130 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On May 19, 2000, plaintiffs filed suit in the U.S. District Court District of Columbia to compel the INS to issue long-awaited regulations implementing § 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) for certain healthcare workers who were waiting to become lawful ... read more >
On May 19, 2000, plaintiffs filed suit in the U.S. District Court District of Columbia to compel the INS to issue long-awaited regulations implementing § 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) for certain healthcare workers who were waiting to become lawful permanent residents. Plaintiffs were represented by attorneys for the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) and private counsel.

On September 29, 2000, the parties entered into a Settlement Agreement. Under the terms of the Agreement, the INS was required to issue regulations governing certification under §343 of IIRIRA of medical technologists, medical technicians, speech/language pathologists and physicians assistants applying for permanent residence by January 19, 2001. The INS agreed to provide plaintiffs' attorneys with a detailed status report by November 30, 2000, setting forth the time table for the administrative review, approval process and publication of the regulations. The INS also agreed to adjudicate the I-485s of the named plaintiffs and their derivative family members within thirty (30) days after they received their §343 certificate and submitted all other documents necessary for the adjudication of the I-485s.

On January 22, 2001, the Court entered a joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice of the case.

Dan Dalton - 10/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Employment
Status/Classification
Temporary foreign workers program
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA)
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
Plaintiff Description Medical technologists, medical technicians, speech/language pathologists and physicians assistants applying for permanent residence.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
1:00-cv-01130-PLF (D.D.C.) 01/22/2001
IM-DC-0008-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation of Dismissal 01/22/2001 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0008-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Friedman, Paul L. (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0008-0001 | IM-DC-0008-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hamlin, Elizabeth Helen (New Jersey)
IM-DC-0008-9000
Hong, Traci (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0008-0001
Murray, Steven L. (Colorado)
IM-DC-0008-0001 | IM-DC-0008-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, Michael C. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0008-0001 | IM-DC-0008-9000
Lewis, Wilma A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0008-0001
Ogden, David W. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0008-0001
Walters, Mark C. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0008-0001
Wernery, Linda S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0008-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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