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1 Brnovich v. Biden
2:21-cv-01568 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 09/14/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0032
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case brought by Arizona's Attorney General challenging the Biden administration's planned vaccine mandate as unconstitutional under the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a broad plan to increase vaccination rates nationwide. The plan would require ... [view]
2 United States v. Texas; Annunciation House v. Abbott
3:21-cv-00173 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 08/30/2021 - Case Ongoing
State of Texas
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0061
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case about Texas Governor Greg Abbot's executive order that prevented anyone other than law-enforcement officials from transporting multiple categories of non-citizen migrants regardless of unaccompanied minor, asylum, or refugee status. On July 30, 2021, the United States filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court ... [view]
3 Rodriguez v. Todd Greiner Farms Packing
1:21-cv-00227-PLM-SJB (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/20/2021 - Case Ongoing
Todd Greiner Farms Packing LLC
Immigration and/or the Border
Equal Employment
IM-MI-0008
Oceana County
Coding Complete
The plaintiffs, two farm workers, filed this class action case against a Michigan produce producer in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on April 20, 2021. Represented by attorneys from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and the Sugar Law Center, they alleged that their employer violated the Migrant and Seasonal ... [view]
4 Texas & Missouri v. United States
2:21-cv-00067 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/13/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0059
Washington
Coding Complete
This is a case about the Biden Administration's termination of the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which required individuals at the U.S.-Mexico border to wait in Mexico pending adjudication of their immigration claims. On President Biden's first day in office, January 20, 2021, the federal government ... [view]
5 Texas v. United States
6:21-cv-00016 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/06/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0058
Coding Complete
This is a case challenging the Biden Administration's efforts to use systemic prosecutorial discretion in immigration enforcement. On April 6, 2021, the states of Texas and Louisiana filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and ... [view]
6 Florida v. U.S.A.
8:21-cv-00541 (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 03/08/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-FL-0030
Coding Complete
This is a case about President Biden’s Executive Order 13993, which revoked a previous Executive Order from the previous administration and prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue memoranda affecting the U.S. policy of deporting criminal aliens who were present in the ... [view]
7 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Nexus Services, Inc.
5:21-cv-00016-EKD (W.D. Va.)
Filed 02/22/2021 - Case Ongoing
NEXUS SERVICES, INC.
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VA-0011
Coding Complete
This case relates to Nexus Services, Inc.'s predatory consumer practices towards detainees in United States custody through one of its subsidiaries, Libre by Nexus (collectively "Nexus"). On February 22, 2021, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB"), along with Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York (collectively "the States," and ... [view]
8 Texas v. United States
6:21-cv-00003 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 01/22/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0057
Coding Complete
Shortly after President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021, Acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske issued a memorandum ordering U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") to halt most deportations from the United States for 100 days ("100 day pause"). The 100 day pause was intended to allow time for ICE to overhaul its ... [view]
9 Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas
1:21-cv-00100 (D.D.C.)
Filed 01/12/2021 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0096
Coding Complete
This is a case about immigration policy that restricted refugee and asylee entry into the United States on account of health concerns around the coronavirus pandemic. On January 12, 2021, families of asylum- and refugee-seekers, who were detained by the Department of Homeland Security, sued the U.S. federal government for humanitarian protection ... [view]
10 National Immigrant Justice Center v. Executive Office for Immigration Review
1:21-cv-00056 (D.D.C.)
Filed 01/08/2021 - Case Ongoing
Executive Office for Immigration Review
United States Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0094
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
This case is about a Trump Administration rule intended to create barriers for people applying for asylum in the U.S. On January 8, 2021, four immigration legal service providers—the National Immigrant Justice Center, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center—filed ... [view]
11 Arizona v. Mayorkas
2:21-cv-00617-DWL (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0031
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 Tony N. v. USCIS
3:21-cv-08742 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0179
Coding In Process
This putative class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for failing to renew work authorizations for asylum workers in a timely fashion. By not doing so, USCIS put asylum seekers and their families at risk of losing their jobs and ... [view]
13 Wright v. Anderson
2:20-cv-03704 (D.N.J.)
Filed 04/06/2021 - Case Ongoing
Essex County Correctional Facility
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NJ-0015
Essex County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This habeas petition was filed on April 6, 2020 by a group of immigration detainees with underlying medical conditions housed in the Essex County Correctional Facility or the Elizabeth Detention Center, seeking release in light of COVID-19. On April 17, the Court granted a temporary restraining order for five of the petitioners ... [view]
14 AsylumWorks v. Wolf
1:20-cv-03815 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/23/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0092
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
This is a case about a change of rules by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which curtailed access to employment authorization documents (EADs) by asylum seekers. On December 23, 2020, three nonprofit organizations and fourteen noncitizen asylum seekers filed this lawsuit in United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The ... [view]
15 Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. v. Executive Office for Immigration Review
1:20-cv-03812 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/23/2020 - Case Ongoing
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0093
Washington D.C.
Coding Complete
On December 23, 2020, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, with several other immigration service organizations, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Catholic Legal Immigration Network sued the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) under the Administrative Procedure Act. Represented by private counsel, ... [view]
16 Human Rights First v. Wolf
1:20-cv-03764 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0091
Coding Complete
On December 21, 2020, Human Rights First, a nonprofit human rights organization, brought this lawsuit against then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and others in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of refugees seeking to enter the United States for asylum. Plaintiffs challenged a new rule promulgated by ... [view]
17 Pangea Legal Services v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:20-cv-09253 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0173
Coding Complete
On December 21, 2020, Pangea Legal Services and other legal organizations filed this suit against the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of refugees seeking to enter the United States for asylum. The plaintiffs alleged that DHS unlawfully changed the ... [view]
18 Immigration Equality v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:20-cv-09258 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0174
Coding Complete
On December 21, 2020, nonprofit organizations that serve LGBTQIA+/H individuals filed this lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that DHS was acting contrary to legal precedent on the issue of refugee policy, the Immigration and ... [view]
19 Vangala v. USCIS
4:20-cv-08143 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/19/2020 - Closed 2021
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0172
Coding Complete
On November 19, 2020, three noncitizens filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on behalf of themselves and all individuals who had been or would be harmed by a USCIS ... [view]
20 Oldaker v. Giles
7:20-cv-00224-WLS-MSH (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 11/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Atlanta Field Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0017
Fulton County
Coding Complete
This federal class action lawsuit sought injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief for over 60 immigrant women who were detained in ICE custody at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. The plaintiffs claimed that they were subjected to medical abuse while in ICE custody including nonconsensual hysterectomies, overly aggressive ... [view]
21 K.O. & E. O. v. United States
4:20-cv-12015-TSH (D. Mass.)
Filed 11/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0026
Coding In Process
In this class action lawsuit, immigrant children who were separated from their families by U.S. immigration authorities are seeking financial compensation.* [view]
22 E.A.R.R. v. Department of Homeland Security
3:20-cv-02146 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-CA-0171
Coding Complete
On November 2, 2020, asylum seekers with disabilities and health conditions filed this putative class-action suit against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Southern District of California. The suit alleged that defendants violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and Section 504 of the ... [view]
23 Adam v. Pompeo
1:20-cv-03079-SAG (D. Md.)
Filed 10/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0018
Coding Complete
This case is about the government's failure to adjudicate refugees' follow-to-join (FTJ) petitions that would allow their families to reunite in the U.S. in a timely manner. The plaintiffs are both Sudanese refugees from the Darfur region who fled the country in the early 2010s to escape the ethnic cleansing being carried out by President Omar al- ... [view]
24 Central American Resource Center v. Cuccinelli
1:20-cv-02363 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0088
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 26, 2020, a legal services provider and seven individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The individual plaintiffs, along with the Central American ... [view]
25 P.J.E.S v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02245 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0087
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action case challenges the government’s use of an emergency public health order issued under 42 U.S.C. § 265 to restrict immigration of unaccompanied minors. Pursuant to the emergency public order, the government has expelled unaccompanied children without following usual immigration laws, saying the ... [view]
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