On behalf of their clients, the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic received great news in a recent decision issued by the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. The decision, in Rodriguez v. Robbins, is the product of nearly ten years of effort by the Clinic to challenge the 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. Last fall, the district court granted the request for a preliminary injunction, and the Ninth Circuit has now affirmed.
Many students worked on this case throughout the years, including Michael Kaufman, Mark Baller, Kimere Kimball, Eli Miller, and Erin Mohan.
The Immigrants’ Rights Clinic is directed by Professor Jayashri Srikantiah. Alison Kamhi serves as the Staff Attorney and Alexandra Thrall provides legal assistance.