In April 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision affirming a district court’s grant of preliminary injunction requiring that immigrants detained for prolonged periods of time be given bond hearings. This case is part of a close to decade long effort by the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, on behalf of various clients, to challenge the federal government’s prolonged detention policies. The case began when the Clinic filed a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California on behalf of noncitizens who were detained for more than six months without a constitutionally adequate bond hearing. In the Fall of 2012, the district court granted the request for a preliminary injunction, and the Ninth Circuit has now affirmed.
Many students worked on the case throughout the years, including Michael Kaufman, Mark Baller, Kimere Kimball, Eli Miller, and Erin Mohan.