Rhode Island Affiliate, American Civil Liberties Union


Immigration Court Cases

The American Civil Liberties Union is actively dedicated to vindicating the Statue of Liberty’s invitation by advocating for the rights of immigrants. In recent years particularly, this has become an area of significant activity by the Rhode Island Affiliate.

Lin Li Qu v. Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation. (2008-ongoing)

RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS/RIGHTS OF PRISONERS. A federal lawsuit on behalf of the family of Hiu Lui (“Jason”) Ng, a 34-year-old Chinese detainee who died last August while in the custody of immigration officials at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. Cooperating Attorney: John McConnell, Jr.
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R.I. ACLU v. Rhode Island Department of Human Services. (2007-ongoing)

RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS. This is a formal administrative complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claiming that DHS has failed to provide adequate interpreter services to clients with limited English proficiency. An investigation is proceeding.
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Gebremichael v. Bureau of Immigration and Custom Enforcement. (2004)

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS. The ACLU intervened in this pro se petition on behalf of a non-citizen who had been detained for three years awaiting deportation. The District Court affirmed a magistrate judge’s ruling that the petitioner should be released, but gave the government ten days to get deportation papers in order. When that time passed without any action, the Affiliate sought the petitioner’s immediate release, which was granted. Cooperating Attorney: Randy Olen
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See also:
Highlights from Immigration court cases since the early 1970s.


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