Monday, November 28, 2016
This Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a case, Jennings v Rodriguez, challenging the lawfulness of immigrant detention. Here is a preview of the case. President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to "End catch-and-release. Under a Trump administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country." Detention thus is likely to be on the rise in a Trump administration.
Thanks to a case Alex Lora and his legal team at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) and New York University School of Law (NYU) brought to challenge his immigration detention, since 2015, all immigrants detained for six months in the Second Circuit now have the right to a day in court where a judge can determine if their continued detention is justified.
Next Wednesday, on November 30, 2016 the Supreme Court will hear Jennings v. Rodriguez, a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that could provide nationwide access to bond hearings to immigrants like Mr. Lora who are held in long-term detention.
Across the country, thousands of people languish in immigration jails as they await their court hearings. For Mr. Lora, mandatory detention cost him his job, his ability to provide for his family, and his two-year-old son, who was placed in foster care after Mr. Lora was taken from his home. Since his release, he has been able to rebuild his life and regain custody of his son. For Mr. Lora and others in the Second Circuit, bond hearings have provided a critical procedural protection to prevent harmful and needless long-term detention.
In the video above, hear from Mr. Lora himself about his life and his experience in detention, which illustrates what is at stake in Jennings.