via @NIJC: Detained Asylum Seekers Sue Obama Administration to End Long Waits for Initial Interviews
Department of Homeland Security Routinely Violates Laws Requiring Timely Reasonable Fear Interviews
For Immediate Release
- Julia Toepfer, National Immigrant Justice Center, (312) 660-1635, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sandra Hernandez, ACLU of Southern California, (213) 977-5247, email@example.com
- Daisy Vieyra, ACLU of Northern California, (415) 293-6350, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jamie Moss, Reed Smith LLP, (201) 493-1027, Jamie@newspros.com
SAN FRANCISCO (April 17, 2014) — ACLU Foundation of Southern California, ACLU of Northern California, and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), along with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, today filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution who have faced months of detention while they await reasonable fear determinations, the first step in seeking protection in the United States when someone is forced to return following a deportation order.
“U.S. law and American values of justice demand that those who come to our country seeking safety deserve a fair and timely decision about their applications, particularly if they are detained,” said Michael Kaufman, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California. “The Obama administration has failed to provide that.” Read more…
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Jakir is one of more than 30,000 immigrants who are held each day in detention in the United States. Over the last decade, increased detention interrupted and sometimes destroyed relationships between children and their parents. Hundreds of thousands of families with immigrant parents and U.S. citizen children have been separated by detention and deportation.
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My name is Oscar Quintero. I’ve been under ICE custody since June 19, 2013. It’s going to be almost a year. I’m being charged with being in the country illegally. Read more…
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Everyday more than 1,000 people are deported. It is predicted that in April 2 million people will have been deported by the Obama Administration. Amid Congressional inaction, President Obama and his Administration must understand that our community cannot continue to wait. The President can take concrete, bold and necessary actions TODAY to turn back the deportation dragnet.
On April 5th, groups are holding events across the country to say: 2Million2Many! Not One More Deportation! Click Here to View List of Actions Across the US.