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American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center
The American Immigration Council is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. The Council works to achieve justice and fairness for immigrants under the law. The Council is highly respected for its willingness and ability to bring cutting-edge lawsuits that hold the government accountable for unlawful conduct and restrictive interpretations and implementation of the law.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 C.M. v. United States
2:19-cv-05217-SRB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 09/19/2019 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0027
Coding Complete
On September 19, 2019, five asylum-seeking parents, on their own behalf and on behalf of their minor children, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and ... [view]
2 Nightingale v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
3:19-cv-03512 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/16/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0150
Coding Complete
On June 16, 2019, plaintiffs--three immigration attorneys and two noncitizens who filed FOIA (FOIA) requests for individual immigration case files (known as A-Files)--filed this class-action suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS), the ... [view]
3 American Immigration Council v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:18-cv-01614-ABJ (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/09/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0052
Coding Complete
On July 9, 2018 plaintiff, the American Immigration Council, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Represented by the American Immigration Council and Dorsey & Whitney, the plaintiff brought ... [view]
4 American Immigration Council v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:18-cv-01531 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/27/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0049
Coding Complete
On June 27, 2018, the American Immigration Council filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), the U.S. Customs & Border Protection ("CBP"), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") under 5 U.S.C. § 552, the Freedom of Information ... [view]
5 Padilla v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
2:18-cv-00928 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 06/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0038
Coding Complete
On June 25, 2018, three plaintiffs filed this class-action lawsuit challenging the federal government's forcible separation of minor children from their parents, as well as its practice of prolonging the separation by failing to conduct credible fear interviews in a timely manner. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security, ... [view]
6 Moreno v. Nielsen
1:18-cv-01135 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 02/22/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0062
Coding Complete
On Feb. 22, 2018, four noncitizens, on behalf of a proposed class of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Represented by the American Immigration Council and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, ... [view]
7 Palacios v. Sessions
3:18-cv-00026 (W.D.N.C.)
Filed 01/17/2018 - Case Ongoing
Chief Immigration Judge
Executive Office of Immigration Review
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NC-0004
Coding Complete
On January 17, 2018, two immigrants who had been denied bond hearing by judges in the Charlotte Immigration Court filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the US. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The plaintiffs sued three judges on the Charlotte Immigration Court and federal officials at the Mecklenburg County Jail ... [view]
8 Al Otro Lado v. Kelly
3:17-cv-02366-BAS-KSC (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/12/2017 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0092
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2017, a group of Honduran and Mexican asylum seekers and Al Otro Lado, a legal service organization which supports indigent deportees, refugees, and migrants, filed this class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The pseudonymous plaintiffs fled gang-related and/or severe domestic violence and ... [view]
9 Dilley Pro Bono Project v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:17-cv-01055 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/01/2017 - Closed 2020
United States
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0030
Coding Complete
On June 1, 2017, the Dilley Pro Bono Project, an organization that provides pro bono legal representation to individuals seeking asylum, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The case was ... [view]
10 States of Washington & Minnesota v. Trump
2:17-cv-00141 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2018
United States
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-WA-0029
Coding Complete
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed this federal lawsuit on January 30, 2017 against President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) barring legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. and barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. The State filed a complaint and an emergency motion for a ... [view]
11 State of Hawaii v. Trump
1:17-cv-00050 (D. Haw.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-HI-0004
Coding Complete
The below summary is a condensed version. The full summary can be found here on the Clearinghouse website. Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin filed this lawsuit on Feb. 3, 2017 against President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) barring legal ... [view]
12 Ali v. Trump
2:17-cv-00135 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2018
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-WA-0028
Coding Complete
This class action, filed January 30, 2017, challenged President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Plaintiffs are represented by the Northwest ... [view]
13 Mendez Rojas v. Johnson
2:16-cv-01024 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 06/30/2016 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0026
Coding Complete
On June 30, 2016, asylum seekers in this case, represented by the American Immigration Council and partners, filed this lawsuit against the Attorney General of the United States as well as the directors of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and ... [view]
14 Rosario [formerly Northwest Immigrant Rights Project] v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
2:15-cv-00813-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 05/22/2015 - Case Ongoing
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0025
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
15 Brown v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
3:15-cv-01181-JD (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/12/2015 - Closed 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0081
Coding Complete
On March 12, 2015, five immigration attorneys and thirteen noncitizen individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Represented by Stacy Tolchin, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ... [view]
16 Doe v. Johnson [later Kelly, Nielsen]
4:15-cv-00250-DCB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Border Patrol
Tucson Sector
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0021
Coding Complete
This is a class action about conditions of confinement in the "hold rooms" used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for short-term detention of noncitizens apprehended near the border. The case deals with all the hold rooms in the Tucson Sector, which consists of nine "stations" covering most of Arizona and accounted for 18% of all ... [view]
17 A.B.T. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
2:11-cv-02108-RAJ (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 12/15/2011 - Closed 2013
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0019
Coding Complete
On December 15, 2011, five asylum seekers filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint challenged the practices of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). While awaiting determination on their asylum ... [view]
18 AILA v. Department of Homeland Security
10-01224 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2010 - Closed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0020
Coding Complete
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) filed suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 20, 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. AILA claimed that DHS had violated the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. §552) and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. §701-06) by failing to ... [view]
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