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Appellate Opinion May Shorten Detentions

Publication Date: 
April 05, 2011
Daily Journal
Brandon Ortiz

Professor Jayashri Srikantiah was quoted in the Daily Journal on how basic protections like adequate review and transparency will be available to individuals fighting deportation orders following a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strengthen due process protections.

Civil libertarians say a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week will strengthen due-process protections for hundreds of individuals fighting deportation orders.

The 3-0 decision in Singh v. Holder, 2011 DJDAR 4761(9th Cir. March 31, 2011) ordered a new bond hearing for Vijendra Kumar Singh, a permanent lawful resident of the United States and a native of Fiji who has been detained for nearly four years while he fights a deportation order stemming from petty theft and receiving stolen property convictions.


"No longer can an individual be deprived of his or her liberty for months and years at a time without basic protections like a recording that allow for adequate review and transparency," said Jayashri Srikantiah, director of Stanford Law School's Immigrants' Rights Clinic.

The Stanford clinic, ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project submitted amicus briefs.