Case: Ramos v. Thornburgh

6:89-cv-00042 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Filed Date: Jan. 17, 1989

Closed Date: Aug. 21, 1997

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Case Summary

In 1989, a group of refugees from El Salvador who had filed applications for political asylum filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, challenging the way the INS processed their asylum applications and its refusal to issue interim employment authorizations while their applications were pending. Specifically, plaintiffs challenged the INS' implementation of regulations contained in 8 C.F.R. § 274 (1986), which permitted an alien who has filed an…

In 1989, a group of refugees from El Salvador who had filed applications for political asylum filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, challenging the way the INS processed their asylum applications and its refusal to issue interim employment authorizations while their applications were pending. Specifically, plaintiffs challenged the INS' implementation of regulations contained in 8 C.F.R. § 274 (1986), which permitted an alien who has filed an asylum application to request temporary employment authorization. These regulations required the INS to adjudicate requests for employment authorization within 60 days, and to grant employment authorization to any alien who has filed a "nonfrivolous" asylum application. Plaintiffs alleged that INS was improperly interpreted the term "nonfrivolous" and as a result was the denial of interim employment authorizations that should have been granted.

Plaintiffs requested a preliminary injunction, which the government opposed. As plaintiffs did not move for class certification, the District Court considered the request for injunctive relief only as it applied to the named plaintiffs. On July 21, 1989, the District Court (Judge William W. Justice) determined that there was a likelihood that plaintiffs would succeed in the case as it found that the INS' application of the term "nonfrivolous" was likely unlawful. Judge Justice issued a preliminary injunction on the claims of 12 of the 13 named plaintiffs, ordering the INS to issue them interim employment authorizations. Ramos v. Thornburgh, 732 F.Supp. 696 (E.D.Tex., 1989)

On September 12, 1990, the Court certified the case as a class action. The plaintiff class was divided into two subclasses. The first class was defined as "all asylum applicants who are residing or who resided at the time they submitted their request for employment authorization, within the state of Texas who have requested or will request employment authorization from defendant Attorney General, have not or will not receive a response within sixty days of the request and have not been or will not be granted interim employment authorization." The second subclass was defined as "all asylum applicants who are residing, or who resided at the time they submitted their request for employment authorization, within the state of Texas who have requested or will request employment authorization from defendant Attorney General, and have had or will have such a request denied because of the defendant's determination that the asylum application is frivolous."

The government then moved to dismiss the case, or in the alternative for summary judgment. The Court denied that motion by order dated January 16, 1992.

Litigation proceeded until the Court issued a stay of the case proceedings in 1995. The stay was in effect until March 1007, when the parties filed a joint motion to approve the settlement of the case. In lieu of conducting a fairness hearing to approve the settlement on behalf of all class members, the Court issued an order on August 21, 1997 vacating its order certifying the case as a class action and dismissing all claims pursuant to the private settlement agreement of the named parties. The Court ordered that defendant was to pay attorney's fee to plaintiffs in the sum of $92,500.00.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (10/30/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Justice, William Wayne (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bonesio, Woodrow Michael (Texas)

Cowger, Walter Scott (Texas)

Fischer, Richard S. (Texas)

Greenblum, Robert F. (Texas)

Hines, Barbara (Texas)

Rubin, Robert J. (California)

Spector, Mary (Texas)

Sperstad-McElyea, Kare J. (Texas)

Teran, Lee J. (Texas)

Judge(s)

Justice, William Wayne (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bonesio, Woodrow Michael (Texas)

Cowger, Walter Scott (Texas)

Fischer, Richard S. (Texas)

Greenblum, Robert F. (Texas)

Hines, Barbara (Texas)

Rubin, Robert J. (California)

Spector, Mary (Texas)

Sperstad-McElyea, Kare J. (Texas)

Teran, Lee J. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Chamovitz, Richard (District of Columbia)

McIntyre, Carl H. (District of Columbia)

Singh, Parker (District of Columbia)

Yeager, Ruth Harris (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

6:89-cv-00042

Docket (PACER)

Ramos v. Reno

Aug. 21, 1997

Aug. 21, 1997

Docket
35

6:89-cv-00042

Memorandum Opinion

732 F.Supp. 696

July 21, 1989

July 21, 1989

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated May 31, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

Original Complaint filed (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

Jan. 17, 1989

Jan. 17, 1989

Summons(es) issued for Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler & mld to pltf atty w/285 forms (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

Jan. 30, 1989

Jan. 30, 1989

Returned check for $120 to pltf atty to be made out properly (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

Jan. 30, 1989

Jan. 30, 1989

Copy file to WWJ (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

Jan. 30, 1989

Jan. 30, 1989

Filing Fee Paid; FILING FEE $ 120 RECEIPT # 022280 (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

Feb. 10, 1989

Feb. 10, 1989

2

Amended complaint by Nelson Ramos , amending [1-1] complaint adding additional plaintiffs Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

May 16, 1989

May 16, 1989

Summons(es) issued for Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

May 16, 1989

May 16, 1989

3

Motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez for preliminary injunction (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

May 16, 1989

May 16, 1989

4

Notice of motion for preliminary injunction by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres- Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

May 16, 1989

May 16, 1989

5

Memorandum by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez in support of [3-1] motion for preliminary injunction (former empl) (Entered: 06/04/1990)

May 16, 1989

May 16, 1989

6

Return of service executed by personal service on US Atty on 5/16/89 Answer due on 7/17/89 for Ronald C Chandler, for Richard Thornburg (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

May 17, 1989

May 17, 1989

7

Order, Motion hearing set for 10:00 6/16/89 for [3-1] motion for preliminary injunction ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 6/1/89, cc:attys 6/1/89 (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

May 31, 1989

May 31, 1989

8

Motion by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to dismiss for improper venue (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

May 31, 1989

May 31, 1989

9

Memorandum by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in support of [8-1] motion to dismiss for improper venue (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

May 31, 1989

May 31, 1989

10

Motion by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to stay proceedings pending court's ruling on motion to dismiss (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

May 31, 1989

May 31, 1989

11

Memorandum by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in support of [10-1] motion to stay proceedings pending court's ruling on motion to dismiss (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

May 31, 1989

May 31, 1989

12

Motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez for leave to file second amended complaint (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 12, 1989

June 12, 1989

12

Memorandum by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez in support of [12- 1] motion for leave to file second amended complaint (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 12, 1989

June 12, 1989

13

Response by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez in opposition to [8-1] motion to dismiss for improper venue (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 12, 1989

June 12, 1989

14

Response by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in opposition to [3-1] motion for preliminary injunction (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 12, 1989

June 12, 1989

15

Order granting [12-1] motion for leave to file second amended complaint ; denying [8-1] motion to dismiss for improper venue ; denying [10-1] motion to stay proceedings pending court's ruling on motion to dismiss as moot. v136p106 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 6/14/89, cc:ptys 6/14/89 (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 14, 1989

June 14, 1989

16

Amended complaint by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez , amending [1-1] complaint added pltfs Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 14, 1989

June 14, 1989

17

Memorandum by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin in support of [3-1] motion for preliminary injunction (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 15, 1989

June 15, 1989

18

Motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin for Mary Spector to appear pro hac vice (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 15, 1989

June 15, 1989

19

Motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin for Robert Rubin to appear pro hac vice (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 15, 1989

June 15, 1989

20

Motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin for Walter S Cowger to appear pro hac vice (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 15, 1989

June 15, 1989

21

Order granting [20-1] motion for Walter S Cowger to appear pro hac vice ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 6/26/89, cc:attys 6/26/89 (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 15, 1989

June 15, 1989

22

Order granting [18-1] motion for Mary Spector to appear pro hac vice ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 6/26/89, cc:attys 6/26/89 (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 15, 1989

June 15, 1989

23

Order granting [19-1] motion for Robert Rubin to appear pro hac vice ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 6/26/89, cc:attys 6/26/89 (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 15, 1989

June 15, 1989

Motion hearing re: [3-1] motion for preliminary injunction Motion hearing held. All attachments of both parties to pleadings filed in this case were recd in evidence; Court to rule on relevance thereof. Pltf offered & court recd in evidence deposition in the Doe case before Judge Black in Houston, H-88-398- CA, of Jos. F. Gallajo. Motion taken under advisement. Court will seek to rule in the immediate future. (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 16, 1989

June 16, 1989

Motion taken under advisement [3-1] motion for preliminary injunction (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 16, 1989

June 16, 1989

24

Deposition of Jos. F. Gallipeau, taken in S/D of Texas in civil case H-88-398- CA, having been recd in evidence at hearing on 6/16/89 (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 20, 1989

June 20, 1989

25

Notice of motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 21, 1989

June 21, 1989

25

Motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin to certify class action (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 21, 1989

June 21, 1989

26

Memorandum by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin in support of [25-1] motion to certify class action (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 21, 1989

June 21, 1989

27

Response by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in opposition to introduction of [24-1] deposition (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 23, 1989

June 23, 1989

28

Response by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin in support of introduction of [24-1] deposition (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

June 28, 1989

June 28, 1989

29

Notice by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to take oral deposition in Tyler of Elsa Melani Rodriquez-Saravia on 7/24/89 @ 10:30 am, Carlos Roberto Vargas Zelaya on 7/24/89 @ 2:30 pm, Oscar Armando Reyes Aparicio on 7/25/89 @ 8:30 am, Angela Udall Guzman Ramirez de Maranda on 7/25/89 @ 11:00 am, Adlay Udall Martinez de Garcia on 7/25/89 @ 2:30 pm, Sonia Bertilla German Lorenzana on 7/26/89 @ 8:30 am, Yesenia Parada Marroquin on 7/26/89 @ 11:00 am, Antonio Enmarado Herrara on 7/26/89 @ 2:30 pm, Nelson Ramos Salmeron on 7/27/89 @ 8:30 am, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez on 7/27/89 @ 11:00 am, Milton Honoris Rosas Rivera on 7/27/89 @ 2:30 pm, Jose Humberto Cisneros Rosales on 7/28/89 @ 8:30 am (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 7, 1989

July 7, 1989

30

Response by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in opposition to [25-1] motion to certify class action (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 10, 1989

July 10, 1989

31

Motion by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to dismiss , and/or for summary judgment (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 10, 1989

July 10, 1989

32

Memorandum by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in support of [31-1] motion to dismiss, [31-2] motion for summary judgment (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 10, 1989

July 10, 1989

33

Answer to Original Complaint by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 17, 1989

July 17, 1989

34

Declaration of Frances Tobin, staff atty at Central American Refugee Center- Houston, re:Elsa Rodriquez Saravia (former empl) Modified on 06/07/1990 (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 20, 1989

July 20, 1989

35

Memorandum Opinion OB Ref: v137p6 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 7/21/89 cc:attys 7/21/89 (former empl) Modified on 06/07/1990 (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 21, 1989

July 21, 1989

36

Order granting in part, denying in part [3-1] motion for preliminary injunction, ORDERED that deft shall adjudicate pltf Parada's request for temporary employment authorization, forthwith, or immediately issue interim employment authorization; further ORDERED that deft shall readjudicate requests for temporary employment authorization submitted by pltfs Vargas, Cisneros, Reyes, Enamorado, Ramos & Rosas; further dismissing claim of pltf Menendez ; finally ORDERED that motion for preliminary injunction is DENIED in all other respects. OB Ref: v137p5 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 7/21/89 cc:attys 7/21/89 (former empl) Modified on 06/07/1990 (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 21, 1989

July 21, 1989

37

Notice by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to take deposition in Dallas, TX of Nelson Ramos Slameron on 7/24/89 @ 8:30 am, Jose Humberto Cisneros Rosales on 7/24/89 @ 11:00 am, Carlos Roberto Vargas Zelaya on 7/24/89 @ 2:30 pm, Milton Honoris Rosas Rivera on 7/25/89 @ 8:30 am, Angela Udall Guzman Ramirez de Miranda on 7/25/89 @ 11:00 am, Sonia Bertilla German Lorenzana on 7/25/89 @ 2:30 pm, Oscar Armando Reyes Aparicio on 7/26/89 @ 8:30 am, Yesenia Parada Marroquin on 7/26/89 @ 11:00 am, Adlay Udall Martinez de Garcia on 7/26/89 @ 2:30 pm, Antonio Enamorado Herrera on 7/27/89 @ 8:30 am (former empl) Modified on 06/07/1990 (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 21, 1989

July 21, 1989

38

Notice by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to take deposition in Houston, TX of Elsa Melani Rodriguez-Saravia on 7/28/89 @ 10:00 am, Julio Cesar Torres Fuentez on 7/28/89 @ 1:00 pm (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 21, 1989

July 21, 1989

39

Memorandum by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin in support of [25-1] motion to certify class action (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

July 24, 1989

July 24, 1989

40

Motion by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to amend order & memorandum opinion (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Aug. 1, 1989

Aug. 1, 1989

41

Memorandum by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in support of [40-1] motion to amend order & memorandum opinion (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Aug. 1, 1989

Aug. 1, 1989

42

Response by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin in opposition to [31-1] motion to dismiss, [31-2] motion for summary judgment (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Aug. 3, 1989

Aug. 3, 1989

43

Transcript of hearing on motion for preliminary injunction held before Judge Justice on 6/16/89 in Tyler, Texas (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Aug. 8, 1989

Aug. 8, 1989

44

Response by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin to [40-1] motion to amend order & memorandum opinion (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Aug. 11, 1989

Aug. 11, 1989

45

Reply by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to response to [31-1] motion to dismiss, [31-2] motion for summary judgment (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Aug. 22, 1989

Aug. 22, 1989

46

Reply by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to response to [40-1] motion to amend order & memorandum opinion (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Aug. 28, 1989

Aug. 28, 1989

47

Order, set miscellaneous hearing to 1:00 1/18/90 for [25-1] motion to certify class action on maintainability of case as a class action ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) dktd 1/8/90, cc:attys 1/8/90 (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Jan. 8, 1990

Jan. 8, 1990

48

Memorandum (supplemental) by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin in support of [25-1] motion to certify class action (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Jan. 16, 1990

Jan. 16, 1990

Miscellaneous hearing re: [25-1] motion to certify class action Hearing held on maintainability of case as a class action under R23(b)(2), w/two subclasses. Counsel for pltf offered & court recd in evidence the declarations & documentation attached to pltfs memo & suppl memo on their motion for class certification. Arguments heard on the prerequisites of typicality, commonality, numerosity & whether the named pltfs would be able to adequately repr the class. MATTER TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT. Deft permitted to file a response to the latest declr of pltf by next Wednesday (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Jan. 18, 1990

Jan. 18, 1990

Motion taken under advisement [25-1] motion to certify class action (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Jan. 18, 1990

Jan. 18, 1990

49

Notice of attorney appearance for Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler by Parker Singh (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Jan. 19, 1990

Jan. 19, 1990

50

Response by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in opposition to [48-1] support memorandum (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Jan. 26, 1990

Jan. 26, 1990

51

Memorandum (supplemental) by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Ana Julia Menendez, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin in support of [25-1] motion to certify class action (former empl) (Entered: 06/07/1990)

Jan. 29, 1990

Jan. 29, 1990

Received letter request for ruling on class action motion from plaintiff (mll) (Entered: 06/22/1990)

June 6, 1990

June 6, 1990

53

Order granting [25-1] motion to certify class action, and certifying class action ; plaintiff class in this action shall be divided into two subclasses . The first class shall be defined as "all asylum applicants who are residing or who resided at the time they submitted their request for employment authorization, within the state of Texas who have requested or will request employment authorization from deft Atty Gen, have not or will not receive a response within sixty days of the request and have not been or will not be granted interim employment authorization" , and the second subclass shall be defined as "all asylum applicants who are residing, or who resided at the time they submitted their request for employment authorization, within the state of Texas who have requested or will request employment authorization from deft Atty Gen and have had or will have such a request denied because of the deft's determination that the asylum application is frivolous." OB:v143p140 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 9-14- 90 (mll) Modified on 09/14/1990 (Entered: 09/14/1990)

Sept. 12, 1990

Sept. 12, 1990

54

Order denying [31-1] motion to dismiss, denying [31-2] motion for summary judgment OB Ref: v148p75 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 4-1- 91 (mll) (Entered: 04/01/1991)

March 29, 1991

March 29, 1991

55

Motion by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler to dismiss , and/or for summary judgment (former empl) (Entered: 07/02/1991)

July 2, 1991

July 2, 1991

56

Memorandum by Richard Thornburg, Ronald C Chandler in support of [55-1] motion to dismiss, [55-2] motion for summary judgment (former empl) (Entered: 07/02/1991)

July 2, 1991

July 2, 1991

57

Motion by Nelson Ramos to extend time to respond to defts' motion to dismiss (mll) (Entered: 07/10/1991)

July 10, 1991

July 10, 1991

58

Order granting [57-1] motion to extend time to respond to defts' motion to dismiss; Response to motion reset to 8/13/91 for [55-1] motion to dismiss, reset to 8/13/91 for [55-2] motion for summary judgment ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 7-15-91 (mll) (Entered: 07/15/1991)

July 12, 1991

July 12, 1991

59

Motion by Nelson Ramos to extend time to respond to deft's motion to dismiss (mll) (Entered: 07/26/1991)

July 26, 1991

July 26, 1991

60

Order granting [59-1] motion to extend time to respond to deft's motion to dismiss; Response to motion reset to 9/13/91 for [55-1] motion to dismiss, reset to 9/13/91 for [55-2] motion for summary judgment ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 8-1-91 (mll) (Entered: 08/01/1991)

July 30, 1991

July 30, 1991

61

Stipulation of parties concerning confidentiality of "A" Files or supplemental documentation (mll) (Entered: 08/29/1991)

Aug. 28, 1991

Aug. 28, 1991

61

Order approving the Stipulation between parties concerning confidentiality of "A" Files and supplemental documentation ( signed by Judge William W. Justice 8-27-91) cc:attys 8-29-91 (mll) (Entered: 08/29/1991)

Aug. 28, 1991

Aug. 28, 1991

62

Motion by Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin to extend time to respond to deft's mo to dism (former empl) (Entered: 09/04/1991)

Sept. 4, 1991

Sept. 4, 1991

63

Order granting [62-1] motion to extend time to respond to deft's mo to dism. Response to motion reset to 9/19/91 for [55-1] motion to dismiss, reset to 9/19/91 for [55-2] motion for summary judgment ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 9-5-91 (mll) (Entered: 09/05/1991)

Sept. 5, 1991

Sept. 5, 1991

64

Memorandum by Nelson Ramos in opposition to [55-1] motion to dismiss, [55- 2] motion for summary judgment (mll) (Entered: 09/20/1991)

Sept. 19, 1991

Sept. 19, 1991

65

Motion by Richard Thornburg to extend time to reply to pltfs' response to deft's motion to dismiss (mll) (Entered: 10/02/1991)

Oct. 2, 1991

Oct. 2, 1991

66

Order granting [65-1] motion to extend time to reply to pltfs' response to deft's motion to dismiss; Response to motion reset to 11/4/91 for [55-1] motion to dismiss ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 10-8-91 (mll) (Entered: 10/08/1991)

Oct. 8, 1991

Oct. 8, 1991

67

Motion by Richard Thornburg for leave to file Reply Memorandum Instanter (mll) (Entered: 11/04/1991)

Nov. 4, 1991

Nov. 4, 1991

68

Memorandum by Richard Thornburg in support of [55-1] motion to dismiss, [55- 2] motion for summary judgment (mll) (Entered: 11/04/1991)

Nov. 4, 1991

Nov. 4, 1991

69

Order granting [67-1] motion for leave to file Reply Memorandum Instanter (signed by Judge William W. Justice) cc:attys 11-8-91 (mll) (Entered: 11/08/1991)

Nov. 7, 1991

Nov. 7, 1991

70

Order denying [40-1] motion to amend order & memorandum opinion. William P Barr is substituted as deft in this civil action , and all future proceedings shall be styled Ramos v Barr . ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 1-8-92 (mll) (Entered: 01/08/1992)

Jan. 3, 1992

Jan. 3, 1992

71

Memorandum Opinion OB Ref: v155p160 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 1-17-92 (mll) (Entered: 01/17/1992)

Jan. 16, 1992

Jan. 16, 1992

72

Order denying [55-1] motion to dismiss; denying [55-2] motion for summary judgment OB Ref: v155p161 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 1- 17-92 (mll) (Entered: 01/17/1992)

Jan. 16, 1992

Jan. 16, 1992

73

Notice of attorney appearance for Yesenia Rosibell Marroquin, Oscar Armando Aparicio, Nelson Ramos, Adlay Udall De Garcia, Jose Humberto Rosales, Carlos Roberto Zelaya, Julio Cesar Torres-Fuentez, Elsa Melani Saravia, Angela Guzman De Miranda, Milton Honoris Rivera, Sonia Bertilla Lorenzana, Antonio Enamorado Herrera by Lee J Teran (mll) (Entered: 06/03/1993)

June 2, 1993

June 2, 1993

74

Order set management conference for 2:30 1/14/94 before Judge William W. Justice in Tyler, Texas ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 12-8-93 (mll) (Entered: 12/08/1993)

Dec. 7, 1993

Dec. 7, 1993

MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE held before Judge William W. Justice (telephonically). (former empl) (Entered: 01/14/1994)

Jan. 14, 1994

Jan. 14, 1994

77

Order that parties submit a joint proposed scheduling order to this court no later than 2-18-94; set notice of compliance due for 2/18/94 ( signed by Judge William W. Justice 1-14-94) cc:attys 1-19-94 (mll) (Entered: 01/19/1994)

Jan. 19, 1994

Jan. 19, 1994

78

Scheduling Order: set witness list due for 3/28/95 for all Plaintiffs, for Ronald C Chandler, for William P Barr ; set motions to amend pleadidngs by 3/28/95 ; set discovery due for 7/28/95 ; set dispositive motion filing deadline for 10/30/95 ; set pretrial conference for 2/26/96 before Judge William W. Justice ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 3-15-94 (mll) (Entered: 03/15/1994)

March 11, 1994

March 11, 1994

79

MOTION by William P Barr to postpone discovery cut-off date (mll) (Entered: 07/28/1995)

July 28, 1995

July 28, 1995

Substitution of party: Invovlement terminated for defendant William P Barr. The correct party becomes defendant Janet Reno (mll) (Entered: 10/19/1995)

Oct. 19, 1995

Oct. 19, 1995

80

Motion by Janet Reno to dismiss . (mll) (Entered: 10/19/1995)

Oct. 19, 1995

Oct. 19, 1995

81

Memorandum by Janet Reno in support of [80-1] motion to dismiss (mll) (Entered: 10/19/1995)

Oct. 19, 1995

Oct. 19, 1995

82

MOTION by Janet Reno for judgment on the pleadings (mll) (Entered: 11/01/1995)

Oct. 30, 1995

Oct. 30, 1995

83

ORDER that defts' motion to dismiss and motion for judgment on the pleadings shall be HELD IN ABEYANCE, and staying this action ( signed by Judge William W. Justice 11-13-95) cc:pltf & dfts 11-15-95 (mll) (Entered: 11/15/1995)

Nov. 14, 1995

Nov. 14, 1995

Terminated document #79, case stayed 11/14/95 (mpt) (Entered: 01/03/1996)

Nov. 14, 1995

Nov. 14, 1995

84

Status Report by Janet Reno (mll) (Entered: 02/05/1996)

Feb. 1, 1996

Feb. 1, 1996

85

ORDER that no later than 5-1-96, parties shall report to the court on the continued necessity for staying this action; set status report deadline for 5/1/96 for Janet Reno, for all Plaintiffs ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:pltfs & dft 2-13-96 (mll) (Entered: 02/13/1996)

Feb. 12, 1996

Feb. 12, 1996

86

Status Report by Janet Reno (mll) (Entered: 05/01/1996)

May 1, 1996

May 1, 1996

87

ORDER that no later than 8-1-96 the parties shall report to the court on the continued necessity for staying this action; set status report deadline for 8/1/96 for Janet Reno . ( signed by Judge William W. Justice ) cc:attys 5-15-96 (mll) (Entered: 05/15/1996)

May 13, 1996

May 13, 1996

Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 17, 1989

Closing Date: Aug. 21, 1997

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All asylum applicants residing in Texas who have requested, or will request, interim employment authorization and who had not received a response within 60 days or whose request was denied.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Immigration and Naturalization Service, Federal

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief granted

Issues

Immigration/Border:

Employment

Refugees

Temporary protected status