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ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
The ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them. For more than 25 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, focusing on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the courts, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and discriminate on the basis of nationality. In addition, they have challenged constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including anti-immigrant “show me your papers” laws at the state level and unconstitutional enforcement tactics by the federal government and local agencies.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 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]
2 Albino-Martinez v. Adducci
2:20-cv-10893 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MI-0007
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Five immigration detainees filed a habeas petition and a motion for a temporary restraining order challenging their continued detention in Michigan jails despite their heightened vulnerability to COVID-19. On April 14, the district court denied the plaintiffs' request for a TRO. On April 29, the court issued an opinion denying ... [view]
3 Urdaneta v. Keeton
2:20-cv-00654 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 04/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of La Palma Correctional Center
La Palma Correctional Center
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0030
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
4 Rodriguez v. Wolf
5:20-cv-00627-TJH-GJS (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0159
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: 6 immigrant detainees at the Adelanto Detention Center in San Bernadino County sought a temporary restraining order to secure their immediate release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, 2020, the Court granted the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order and ordered the release of the six detainees. _____________ ... [view]
5 Thakker v. Doll
1:20-cv-00480 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of Clinton County Correctional Facility
Clinton County Correctional Facility
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-PA-0016
Clinton County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Twelve particularly vulnerable immigration detainees filed this habeas petition and complaint on March 24, 2020. The Court granted release on March 31, holding that their ongoing detention was unlawfully punitive given the grave threat posed by congregate detention during the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, the plaintiffs ... [view]
6 Coreas v. Bounds
8:20-cv-00780 (D. Md.)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0016
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by immigration detainees in ICE facilities in Maryland, seeking release from detention. The detainees claimed their underlying medical conditions made them particularly vulnerable to serious illness or death from COVID-19. The court granted preliminary injunctions on April 30 and May 7, ordering the ... [view]
7 Dawson v. Asher
2:20-cv-00409-JLR-MAT (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 03/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0044
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In this case filed on March 16, 2020 by nine particularly vulnerable immigration detainees, the Court denied release on March 19, holding that ongoing detention was not unlawfully punitive notwithstanding the threat posed by congregate detention during the coronavirus pandemic. The Court denied release again on April 8, after the ... [view]
8 State of California v. Trump
3:19-cv-00872 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-CA-0003
Coding Complete
In 2018, President Donald Trump asked Congress to appropriate $5.7 billion for construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. On February 14, 2019, Congress denied that request and instead appropriated only $1.375 billion. Although President Trump signed this appropriations bill, he simultaneously declared a national emergency under the ... [view]
9 Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center v. Wolf
1:19-cv-03640 (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/07/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0067
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On October 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented two new asylum processes to expedite applicants’ credible fear interviews, the Prompt Asylum Claim Review program and the Humanitarian Asylum Review Process. Under these programs, asylum seekers subject to credible fear interviews would be kept in U.S. Customs and Border ... [view]
10 A.I.I.L. v. Sessions
4:19-cv-00481-JAS (D. Ariz.)
Filed 10/03/2019 - Case Ongoing
United States
Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0028
Coding Complete
On October 3, 2019, noncitizen children and their parents filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, challenging the Trump Administration's separation of asylum seeker families. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project, sued various personnel from five federal departments: the Department ... [view]
11 East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr
4:19-cv-04073 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/16/2019 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0146
Coding Complete
On July 16, 2019, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, and the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles challenged a new asylum policy of the federal government narrowing eligibility qualifications for asylum seekers. Specifically, the plaintiffs challenged an interim final rule, promulgated by the Attorney ... [view]
12 Abiala v. Barr
7:19-cv-00082-HL (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/06/2019 - Case Ongoing
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0013
Coding Complete
On June 6, 2019, a noncitizen detained in Irwin County Detention Center filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The plaintiff alleged that the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) had a practice of setting unaffordable bonds. The complaint stated that such individuals often ... [view]
13 Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen
3:19-cv-00807 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/14/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0144
Washington, D.C.
Coding Complete
On February 14, 2019, a group of asylum seekers from Central America and several legal organizations filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ... [view]
14 East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump
4:18-cv-06810 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/09/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0137
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2018, several nonprofit organizations filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, challenging the federal government's latest asylum policy prohibiting people who enter the U.S. along the southern border somewhere other than a designated port of entry from obtaining asylum. Specifically, ... [view]
15 Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen
3:18-cv-01098 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/22/2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-OR-0007
Coding Complete
On June 22, 2018, Innovation Law Lab and an immigration detainee at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Sheridan filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Oregon. The plaintiffs sued the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DSHS), the Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Acting Field Office Director ... [view]
16 Tenorio-Serrano v. Driscoll
3:18-cv-08075 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 03/16/2018 - Closed 2018
Coconino County
Coconino County Detention Facility
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0026
Coconino County
Coding Complete
On March 16, 2018, a prisoner at the Coconino County Detention Facility (CCDF), in Flagstaff Arizona, filed this class action lawsuit in the Superior Court of Coconino County, Arizona on behalf of himself and similarly situated prisoners. The complaint sought declaratory relief and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, challenging the ... [view]
17 Damus v. Nielsen
1:18-cv-00578-JEB (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/15/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0045
Coding Complete
This class action suit, filed on March 15, 2018, sought to enjoin the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from detaining asylum seekers in order to deter other potential migrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, were asylum seekers who had been detained without ... [view]
18 Ms. L. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-00428 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/26/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0121
Coding Complete
On February 26, 2018, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ms. L.) filed this lawsuit and a writ for habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. 2018 WL 1310160. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland ... [view]
19 Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:18-cv-00135 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0153
Coding Complete
This case, currently being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, is about whether the Constitution requires that noncitizens facing "expedited removal" have access to any review by federal judges. The Department of Justice has taken the position before the Supreme Court that there is no constitutional right to any judicial review of any deportation ... [view]
20 P.K. v. Tillerson
1:17-cv-01533-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/03/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of State
United States Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0031
Coding Complete
On August 3, 2017, a group of diversity lottery winners and their family members filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Secretary of State and consular officials. Represented by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center, and private ... [view]
21 Saravia v. Sessions
3:17-cv-03615-VC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/22/2017 - Closed 2019
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0109
Coding Complete
This case, filed on June 22, 2017, was brought by a parent on behalf of her minor child for wrongful incarceration by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The complaint alleged that the minor, A.H., was released into the plaintiff's custody but that a few years later, ICE arrested and detained him without cause. Represented by the ACLU ... [view]
22 Colotl Coyotl v. Kelly
1:17-cv-01670-MHC (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 05/09/2017 - Closed 2018
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0010
Coding Complete
On May 9, 2017, a Georgia resident filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In her first amended complaint filed on May 18, 2017, she challenged the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’s arbitrary denial of her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status renewal application, ... [view]
23 International Refugee Assistance Project ("IRAP") v. Trump
8:17-cv-00361-TDC (D. Md.)
Filed 02/07/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-MD-0004
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
24 Darweesh v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-00480 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-NY-0053
Coding Complete
This class action, filed Jan. 28, 2017, challenged President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It was filed as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus (to seek immediate release of plaintiffs from detention) and a civil complaint, on behalf ... [view]
25 City of El Cenizo v. State of Texas
5:17-cv-00404 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
State of Texas
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0045
Coding Complete
This suit challenged Texas's "Sanctuary City" legislation, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which required local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punished them if they did not. Unlike the other suits in this special collection, this suit ... [view]
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