For Immediate Release

June 15, 2020

Sirine Shebaya,, 202-656-4788

Washington, DC – On Friday, national immigrant and criminal justice advocates filed a joint amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in the watershed Gonzalez v. ICE litigation, which challenges widespread violations of the Fourth Amendment by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. For years, ICE has been causing unlawful detention of immigrants without probable cause or review by a neutral magistrate. Amici filed the joint brief to support the plaintiffs’ claims and to inform the Court about the dangerous scope of ICE enforcement activities, the significant consequences for people detained, and the atrocious lack of oversight or review of ICE detainers.

Gonzalez v. ICE is a class action led by two U.S. citizens who were unlawfully subjected to ICE detainers. They are represented by the ACLU of Southern California and the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Represented by DLA Piper, LLP (US), amici were: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, University of Las Vegas Immigration Clinic, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Bronx Defenders, Immigrant Defense Project, Washington Defender Association, and Brooklyn Defender Services.

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