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New Bill Proposes to Lock Up Immigrants Forever

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California & Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 10:47am

Reverend Raymond Soeoth is a Christian minister who fled Indonesia with his wife after suffering persecution for their faith. When his asylum application was denied in 2004, the U.S. government put Reverend Soeoth in immigration detention. Even…

ACLU Adds Somali Refugees to Lawsuit Seeking Legal Counsel and Timely Release Hearings

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 3:46pm

Nearly two years after President Obama's election, Somali refugee Yussuf Abdikadir could be forgiven for being skeptical about the president’s campaign motto, "Change You Can Believe In."

After facing severe persecution…

Trial Under Guantánamo's Rules

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 3:38pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

I spent the morning of my second full day at Guantánamo observing the military commission hearing of Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed. Muhammed was charged in December 2008 with murder in violation…

A Nightmare for Justice in the Middle of the Caribbean

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 1:50pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

I've come to Guantánamo as an ACLU representative to observe a Military Commission hearing for a detainee named Noor Uthman Muhammed. I'm one of four "NGO monitors" who has come down for them…

U.S. Complicit in American’s Detention and Torture in the U.A.E.

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 2:34pm
More than three months ago, a U.S. citizen named Naji Hamdan was arrested by the State Security forces of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). He was detained without charges or access to a lawyer until the ACLU filed a lawsuit on his behalf. He has since…
Should the Government Be Punished When It Lies to the Courts?

Should the Government Be Punished When It Lies to the Courts?

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 12:20pm

This was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Should the government be allowed to lie to the courts in the name of national security? This is the question that judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will have to consider in the next…

Locked Up with No End in Sight

Locked Up with No End in Sight

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 3:19pm

Rev. Raymond Soeoth spent 2 1/2 years in immigration detention because our government would not give him a 15-minute bond hearing before a judge.

Case of Tortured U.S. Citizen Tests Obama Administration on Human Rights

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 3:23pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

In only two weeks a U.S. citizen will go on trial in the United Arab Emirates. The American man, who lived in Los Angeles for the better part of 20 years and built his family and business there, reports having…

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