Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to limit Mandatory Detention of immigrants in California

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 Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus ("Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus") and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC), with co-counsel Keker Van Nest LLP, filed a statewide class action lawsuit Thursday to challenge the current federal policy of detaining certain immigrants without giving them the opportunity to prove they pose no flight risk or danger to the public.

The advocates urge that immigrants are entitled to go before an immigration judge to request release while they fight their deportation cases.

"Many immigrants are being caught in a vast bureaucratic dragnet. The sheer arbitrariness is breathtaking and the needless suffering must be stopped." said Jon Streeter, lead counsel on the case for Keker & Van Nest. "What is perhaps most troubling is the Department of Homeland Security's policy is in clear contravention of the letter of the law. This case spotlights these practices, which are quietly devastating hundreds of immigrant families." Read more here.