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Case Name American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Reno IM-DC-0002
Docket / Court 97-CV-00597 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
Washington Lawyers' Committee
Case Summary
In 1998, three lawsuits were filed by immigration assistance organizations and individual aliens against federal immigration agencies and officials in the District Court of the District of Columbia. These suits challenged the summary removal provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and ... read more >
In 1998, three lawsuits were filed by immigration assistance organizations and individual aliens against federal immigration agencies and officials in the District Court of the District of Columbia. These suits challenged the summary removal provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations. The Act established a system for expediting the removal of aliens who arrived at the border but were not eligible for admission. The lawsuits challenged the system on various grounds, including that it violated due process, equal protection, the First Amendment, and international treaties. The District Court (Judge Emmett G. Sullivan) consolidated the cases.

The government moved to dismiss the cases. The District Court (Judge Sullivan) dismissed all three cases, primarily on jurisdictional grounds. American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Reno, 18 F.Supp.2d 38 (D.D.C.1998). Plaintiffs appealed.

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed, holding that the organizational plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the lawsuit on behalf of aliens subjected to expedited removal. American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Reno. 199 F.3d 1352 (D.C. Cir. 2000). Plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing, but subsequently withdrew it.

Stephen Imm - 08/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration/Border
Admission - procedure
Constitutional rights
Deportation - procedure
Immigration lawyers
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA)
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
United States Attorney General
Plaintiff Description Ten immigrant assistance organizations and individual aliens challenging Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
Washington Lawyers' Committee
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Unknown
Filing Year 1997
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
97-CV-00597-EGS (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0002-9003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/27/1997
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
97-CV-01229-EGS (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0002-9004.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/20/1998
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
97-CV-01237 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0002-9005.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/20/1998
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
98-5466 (U.S. Court of Appeals)
IM-DC-0002-9006.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/02/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
98-5463 (U.S. Court of Appeals)
IM-DC-0002-9007.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/02/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
98-5464 (U.S. Court of Appeals)
IM-DC-0002-9008.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/02/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion (18 F.Supp.2d 38) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0002-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/20/1998
Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (199 F.3d 1352)
IM-DC-0002-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/11/2000
Source: Google Scholar
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Judges Ginsburg, Douglas Howard (D.C. Circuit) show/hide docs
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Henderson, Karen LeCraft (D.C. Circuit, D.S.C.) show/hide docs
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Randolph, Arthur Raymond (D.C. Circuit) show/hide docs
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Sullivan, Emmet G. (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
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Boggs, Roderic Van Oesen (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Rubin, Robert J. (California) show/hide docs
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Snider, Jerome G (New York) show/hide docs
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Keener, Donald E. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Potuto, Tina (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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