Loophole Found in The Law Benefits Illegal Immigrants. How Will It Impact You?
Thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors facing possible deportation will be swept into class-action status in a lawsuit filed by immigration rights advocates arguing that they are entitled to have attorneys during court hearings.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly in Seattle approved the class-action status on Friday in a case, filed in 2014, by the American Civil Liberties Union and immigration advocates challenging the government’s failure to provide lawyers.
Zilly ordered that the plaintiffs in the case are now expected to represent thousands of children throughout the West who are under 18, can’t afford legal representation, and are potentially eligible for asylum or U.S. citizenship.
The class-action includes immigrant children living in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii and the federal territories of Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands.
“This ruling means that thousands of children will now have a fighting chance at getting a fair day in immigration court,” Ahilan Arulanantham, an attorney for the ACLU’s Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles told the Seattle Times.
Last week the Supreme Court announced their ruling to block the Obama administrations immigration policy. That would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. Attorney General Loretta Lynch came out with a statement that the Justice Department was also reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision, looking for a way to challenge the decision.
AG Lynch made it clear in her statement that any further executive actions taken by Obama would come straight from the White House. This lawsuit is a stall tactic being used to see if the Obama administration does in fact use another executive order. While this lawsuit is pending all these children and the ones taking care of them get to stay in the U.S. until the case is over, or another overreach in power has been made.