Advocates protest mandatory detention of undocumented immigrants, file class suit

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Dec. 13, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Some advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit yesterday in California to challenge the current federal policy of detaining immigrants, without giving them the chance to prove they pose no flight risk or danger to the public.

In their lawsuit, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said immigrants are entitled to go before an immigration judge to request release, while they fight their deportation cases.

Anoop Prasad of Asian Americans Advancing Justice ALC pointed out that not all of those detained are undocumented immigrants or have criminal records. He said, “A large percentage of those detained have green cards and have been here for decades.

Under the challenged policy, immigrants who are fighting deportation can be locked up, irrespective of their circumstances.

Prasad stressed, “It is wrong because it takes away the power from the judge instead of considering the person’s life, their rehabilitation, their family ties, and deciding whether this person should stay locked up for months while they fight their cases.”

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  • amfil
    15 December 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Migrating to America legally is, and should be, a thorough procedure meant to protect the interests of American citizens. It involves more than simply jumping a fence and heading north in pursuit of free health care, education, food stamps, and other handouts paid for by broke U.S. citizens and a Bankrupt nation!

    Legal immigration means enduring rigorous hurdles like background checks to detect a criminal background or possible ties to terrorists; medical examinations to detect diseases still prevalent in third-world nations, but long since eradicated here; proof of financial solvency so as to prevent newcomers from becoming a burden on U.S. taxpayers, and testing for knowledge of American history and English skills.

    Those who have jumped a fence into America in order to avoid our immigration checks are not immigrants. Rather, they are invading criminals, with no claim whatsoever to the welcome mat extended to legal immigrants.

    Such people do not deserve recognition, sanction or amnesty by the United States, and should be rounded up and deported as soon as possible, alone with the corrupt politicians that support this invasion.

    In truth, illegal aliens have invaded our nation, leaving America vulnerable to undetected crime, terrorism, disease, and financial devastation at the hands of people with no legal or moral justification for being here.