Deportees Must Be Granted Bond Hearings
The Stanford Immigrants' Rights Clinic represented Diouf, a Senegalese immigrant, in the case of Diouf v. Napolitano which granted a bond hearing after 180 days of detention to immigrants under deportation. The clinic is directed by Professor Jayashri Srikantiah. The Daily Journal's John Roemer covered the case in the following article:
Amadou Lamine Diouf, an immigrant from Senegal, says he was detained and drugged by immigration authorities.
A Senegalese immigrant in Los Angeles who already attained important relief for those awaiting deportation won another benefit Monday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jayashri Srikantiah, a Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic attorney who represents Diouf alongside lawyers from the ACLU Foundation Immigrants' Rights Project, called the decision "really path-breaking." She said many immigrants are caught in a trap of having been poorly represented or entirely lawyerless during proceedings that end with a deportation order, then find themselves confined for long periods while they seek to reopen their cases or while various snafus delay their return to their countries of origin.
"When their full claims come to the attention of a competent attorney, they are stuck in detention, even though they are nonviolent, nonflight risks who should not be locked up."