Saturday, May 31, 2014
Earlier this week, a federal district court in Massachusetts ordered the government to end its practice of putting immigrants in long-term lock up without ever providing them the basic due process of a bond hearing. As a result, immigrants in Massachusetts subjected to six months of mandatory imprisonment can now seek a hearing before an immigration judge to determine whether they should stay in jail or be allowed to go home to their families and communities. The ruling in Reid v. Donelan puts the brakes on one of the most unforgiving aspects of our immigration enforcement system. For details on the case and a discussion how it fits into the growing body of caselaw on immigrant detention, click here.