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Case Name Alonso-Martinez v. Meissner IM-DC-0001
Docket / Court Docket No. Not Available ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On September 15, 1981, two Cuban nationals who were confined in at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They claimed that their applications for asylum had been unreasonably delayed.
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On September 15, 1981, two Cuban nationals who were confined in at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They claimed that their applications for asylum had been unreasonably delayed.

On October 16, 1981, the District Court (Thomas A. Flannery) denied their petition. The District Court cited the arrival of approximately 125,000 Cubans in Key West, Florida, in mid-1980 ("Freedom Flotilla arrivals" as placing an extreme strain on the INS. Plaintiffs appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit noted that one of the plaintiffs had been granted parole status and the other was detained in Bureau of Prison facility, under the Department of Justice review plan for "Freedom Flotilla" arrivals. As plaintiffs' circumstances since filing their petition had changed, the Appeals Court determined that their habeas corpus applications were moot. The case was remanded to the District Court with a direction to dismiss plaintiffs' petition Alonso-Martinez v. Meissner, 697 F.2d 1160 (D.C. 1983).

Miles Chan - 08/02/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Habeas Corpus
Immigration
Asylum - criteria
Asylum - procedure
Detention - procedures
Refugees
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. ยงยง 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description Two Cuban refugees who sought political asylum
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1983
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 01/21/1983 (697 F.2d 1160)
IM-DC-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Bazelon, David L. (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (D.C. Circuit, SCOTUS)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Wilkey, Malcolm Richard (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Stern-Boswell, Richard A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Harris, Stanley S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Lamberth, Royce C. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Lawrence, R. Craig (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Raisler, Kenneth M (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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