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Case Name Dada v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement IM-LA-0019
Docket / Court 2:20-cv-01093 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Attorney Organization Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
National Immigration Project of the NLG
Case Summary
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action brought by immigrant detainees particularly susceptible to a serious COVID-19 infection in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and requesting release due to COVID-19. The case was dismissed on April 6 for lack ... read more >
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action brought by immigrant detainees particularly susceptible to a serious COVID-19 infection in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and requesting release due to COVID-19. The case was dismissed on April 6 for lack of jurisdiction.


On April 1, 2020, seventeen immigrant detainees, who are are highly vulnerable to serious injury and death if they contract COVID-19, filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Represented by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Loyola Law Clinic, and private counsel, the plaintiffs sued U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the New Orleans ICE Field Office, and the wardens of 5 ICE detention centers across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. Plaintiffs filed this suit under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. § 551 et seq, the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq, and the federal habeas statute, 28 U.S.C. § 2241, alleging violations of the APA, the Rehabilitation Act, and their Fifth Amendment rights. Specifically, they alleged that the defendants had failed to implement social distancing and hygiene measures, which amounted to punitive conditions of confinement given the threat of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought a writ of habeas corpus, arguing that release from detention was the only appropriate remedy to the unconstitutional conditions. The case was assigned to Judge Greg Gerard Guidry and Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby.

The plaintiffs simultaneously filed an emergency motion for temporary restraining order, requesting the court to order the defendants to immediately release the plaintiffs from custody.

On April 4, the defendants filed a response in opposition to the temporary restraining order, arguing primarily that the court could not grant habeas relief because none of the plaintiffs or detention facilities were located within the territorial jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

On April 6, Judge Guidry dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction, acknowledging that the plaintiffs from each state could file claims separately in the appropriate district court. 2020 WL 1674129.

Plaintiffs counsel did just that and filed an action on behalf of the Louisiana plaintiffs on April 14, found here in the Clearinghouse.

Caitlin Kierum - 06/03/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Due Process: Procedural Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
disability, unspecified
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Totality of conditions
Immigration/Border
Detention - conditions
Detention - procedures
Medical/Mental Health
COVID-19 Release Denied
COVID-19 Release Requested
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Habeas
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens
Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Plaintiff Description 17 immigrant detainees housed in ICE facilities in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
National Immigration Project of the NLG
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filed 04/01/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing IM-LA-0018 : Dada v. Witte (W.D. La.)
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  Dada v. Witte
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Apr. 24, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
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Docket(s)
2:20-cv-01093 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0019-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus and Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-LA-0019-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/01/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Their Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 2-1]
IM-LA-0019-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/01/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 7 & 7-1]
IM-LA-0019-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/03/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Reply to Defendants' Opposition to Motion for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 9]
IM-LA-0019-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/04/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 12] (2020 WL 1674129) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0019-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Guidry, Greg Gerard (E.D. La.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Aguirre, Guadalupe V (New York) show/hide docs
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Azmy, Baher (New York) show/hide docs
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Free, Robert Andrew (Tennessee) show/hide docs
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Guisado, Angelo R. (New York) show/hide docs
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Jong, Jeremy (Louisiana) show/hide docs
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Pokharel, Astha Sharma (New York) show/hide docs
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Quigley, William Patrick (Louisiana) show/hide docs
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Saed, Aya (New York) show/hide docs
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Schwarz, Ghita (New York) show/hide docs
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Shebaya, Sirine (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Thomas, Brittany (New York) show/hide docs
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Vogel, Matthew Scott (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Mansfield, Peter M. (Louisiana) show/hide docs
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