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350 Immigrants Held More Than 6 Months While Fighting Deportation, U.S. Says

Publication Date: 
May 20, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Anna Gorman

The Immigrants' Rights Clinic, ACLU of Southern California and the law firm of Sidley and Austin filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in a battle to limit the length of time immigrants are detained while their cases are pending. Anna Gorman of the LA Times filed this story:

More than 350 immigrant detainees in the Los Angeles area have been held behind bars longer than six months while fighting deportation, according to a list recently released by the federal government.

The list of names was turned over to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California late last month as part of a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The ACLU is battling for the right of detainees held for six months or more to have hearings on whether they can be released from custody while their cases are pending.


Arulanantham, who filed the suit along with the Stanford Immigrants' Rights Clinic and the law firm of Sidley and Austin, said lawyers chose the six-month mark based on other case law on detention and due process rights.