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1 Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al v. United States Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11311 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0021
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by seventeen different states and Washington D.C. regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially " ... [view]
2 University of Oregon v. United States Department of Homeland Security
6:20-cv-01127 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-OR-0011
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
3 The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04621 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0165
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
4 State of Washington v. United States Department of Homeland Security
2:20-cv-01070 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-WA-0045
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of Washington regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
5 Z.W. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
8:20-cv-01220 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0166
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by private plaintiffs regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
6 Johns Hopkins University v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-01873 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-DC-0081
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Johns Hopkins University regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
7 State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04592 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0167
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of California regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
8 President and Fellows of Harvard College v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11283 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-MA-0020
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be granted ... [view]
9 J.B.B.C. v. Wolf
1:20-cv-01509 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0077
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed on behalf on an unaccompanied minor subject to deportation, alleging that the Trump administrations' system of authorizing the summary removal of persons to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 bypassed procedural protections otherwise granted to minor children. On June 24, the court granted a TRO.
On ... [view]
10 D.A.M. v. Barr
20-cv-1321 (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
Attorney General William Barr
Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0082
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
11 Carranza v. ICE
2:20-cv-00424 (D.N.M.)
Filed 05/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NM-0002
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action habeas petition brought on May 4, 2020, by two individuals in ICE custody, seeking better access to phone calls. The defendants moved to dismiss the case on June 29. No outcome so far.
On May 4, 2020, two individuals in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) brought this ... [view]
12 Samma v. United States Department of Defense
1:20-cv-01104 (D.D.C.)
Filed 04/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Defense
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-DC-0074
Coding Complete
The Immigration and Nationality Act provides an expedited path to citizenship for non-citizens serving in the U.S. military. In 2017, President Trump’s Secretary of Defense implemented a new internal policy which made the expedited naturalization process lengthier and more difficult. Objecting to this new policy, 6 non-citizen service members, ... [view]
13 Alvarez v. LaRose
3:20-cv-00782 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
Otay Mesa Detention Center
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0164
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by immigration detainees in the Otay Mesa Detention Center, seeking release due to COVID-19. The plaintiffs' request for preliminary injunction was denied on June 7, 2020.
On April 25, 2020 immigration detainees held in the Otay Mesa Detention Center (OMDC) brought this lawsuit in the U.S ... [view]
14 California Attorneys for Criminal Justice v. Newsom
S261829 (State Court)
Filed 04/24/2020 - Closed 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom
Governor of California
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0163
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a state immigration detention case filed in light of COVID-19, alleging that the close quarters and unsanitary conditions in the detention facilities were unconstitutional. The California Supreme Court denied to issue a writ of mandate on May 13.
The plaintiffs, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the ... [view]
15 C.G.B. v. Wolf
1:20-cv-01072 (D.D.C.)
Filed 04/23/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0073
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A group of transgender people in civil immigration detention requested an injunction ordering supervised release of all transgender people in immigration detention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The court denied the motion for TRO on June 2.
On April 23, 2020, a group of transgender people in civil immigration detention ... [view]
16 Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings
3:20-cv-02731 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
GEO Group
GEO Group
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0162
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action lawsuit brought on April 20, 2020, by seven individuals in immigration detention at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility (MVDF) and the Yuba County Jail (YCJ), seeking immediate release from unsafe conditions of the jail in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. The court granted the request for TRO on ... [view]
17 Amezcua v. Garcia
5:20-cv-00054 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-TX-0054
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas petition and a complaint for injunctive relief brought on behalf of three immigration detainees confined in detention centers in Texas. The petitioners alleged that as people who were particularly vulnerable to the virus due to their age and serious medical conditions, they were exposed to a heightened risk of ... [view]
18 Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte
5:20-cv-00106 (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 04/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MS-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by seven medically vulnerable detainees in Mississippi. They sought release from detention because their underlying medical conditions made them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, which made their detention allegedly unconstitutional. The court denied a TRO on June 3, 2020.
On April 16, 2020 ... [view]
19 Gomes v. US Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-00453 (D.N.H.)
Filed 04/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NH-0001
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
20 Codner v. Choate
1:20-cv-01050 (D. Colo.)
Filed 04/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CO-0013
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by immigrants in detention at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility in Colorado seeking release from detention in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus due to underlying medical conditions. The court denied the TRO on May 27, and the case is ... [view]
21 Dada v. Witte
1:20-cv-00458 (W.D. La.)
Filed 04/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Detention facilities in Louisiana
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-LA-0018
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: 16 medically vulnerable noncitizens in immigration detention centers in Louisiana filed this case in light of the certainty of an outbreak of COVID-19 in their detention facilities. They argued that their continued detention was a violation of the Due Process Clause and the Rehabilitation Act, and sought immediate release. The ... [view]
22 Roman v. Wolf
5:20-cv-00768-TJH-PVC (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
Adelanto Detention Center
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0161
San Bernardino County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a representative habeas action filed by immigrant detainees in the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, seeking writs of habeas corpus in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that everyone at the detention center was particularly vulnerable to contracting the virus because the tight quarters in the detention center made ... [view]
23 Gayle v. Meade
1:20-cv-21553 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Miami Field Office
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-FL-0029
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action lawsuit for declaratory, injunctive and habeas relief, brought on behalf of detainees in civil immigration detention at three ICE detention centers in Florida. The petitioners sought a writ of habeas corpus, requesting the immediate release of all individuals in custody, as well as a declaration that continued ... [view]
24 Toure v. Hott
1:20-cv-00395 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VA-0008
Coding Complete
COVID-19: This is a habeas action filed by nine immigration detainees confined in the Caroline and Farmville Detention Centers, seeking either writs of habeas corpus for each petitioner, or in the alternative, injunctive relief. The petitioners alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus, either due to medical conditions or their ... [view]
25 Barrera v. Wolf
4:20-cv-01241 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0053
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by four immigrants held at the Montgomery Processing Center, seeking release in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus due to their medical conditions. No outcome yet. On April 8, 2020, a group of four immigrants in detention filed this lawsuit ... [view]
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