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Michael
Tan

Michael Tan is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP).  He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, where he won the Stephen J. Massey prize for best exemplifying the values of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.  After law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and worked at IRP as Skadden Fellow and a Liman Public Interest Fellow.  His practice includes litigation and advocacy relating to immigration detention and immigrants' access to education.  Outside the ACLU, Michael co-chairs the ABA Committee on the Rights of Immigrants, and serves as a Steering Committee member of the Detention Watch Network and a board member of the Refugee Reunification Project.  Michael also holds a Masters' Degree in Comparative Literature from New York University.

License to Dream

License to Dream

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 11:41am
On Thursday the California Supreme Court granted Sergio Garcia his law license, and  in its landmark ruling, held unanimously that undocumented immigrants can be admitted to the practice of law. The decision comes on the heels of Assembly Bill 1024, which passed by overwhelming majorities in the state legislature this fall and ensures that a qualified individual cannot be denied a law license simply because of his or her immigration status. California thus becomes the first state in the nation to protect the rights of all individuals who work hard and pass the bar exam to be admitted to the practice of law.
Locking Up the Legals

Locking Up the Legals

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:46pm

Everyone knows that our immigration system is broken. But one of its worst features remains shrouded in secrecy: Our massive immigration lock-up system.

On any given day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cages approximately 34,000…

VICTORY: Federal Court Rules Immigration Detainees Deserve Fair Hearings

VICTORY: Federal Court Rules Immigration Detainees Deserve Fair Hearings

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 10:06pm

Today we won another victory against one of the most draconian parts of our immigration system: the federal government...

Standing with DREAMers – from Driver’s Licenses to Immigration Reform

Standing with DREAMers – from Driver’s Licenses to Immigration Reform

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 9:37am

One year ago, the immigrant youth movement won the most important immigrants' rights victory in recent memory: the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children—or Dreamers—the…

On Eve of Immigration Reform Rollout, Immigration Detainees Win Right to Fair Hearing

On Eve of Immigration Reform Rollout, Immigration Detainees Win Right to Fair Hearing

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:51pm

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling that curtails one of the most wasteful and draconian features of our immigration lock-up system: the government's practice of putting immigration detainees behind bars for…

VICTORY!  Wyoming Lets the DREAMers Drive

VICTORY! Wyoming Lets the DREAMers Drive

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 1:22pm

This week, Wyoming confirmed that it will now provide driver’s licenses to young immigrants who came to the country as children, popularly known as “DREAMers.”  The decision is the latest victory for immigrant youth granted permission to…

VICTORY! Ohio Lets DREAMers Drive

VICTORY! Ohio Lets DREAMers Drive

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 5:18pm

Last week, Ohio officials confirmed that young immigrants who came to the United States as children—or “DREAMers”—will be eligible for driver’s licenses.  The decision impacts an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 young people who stand to benefit…

Which Would You Prefer – Spending $164 or $15?

Which Would You Prefer – Spending $164 or $15?

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 10:18am

This week and next, the House and Senate will hold hearings (including this one today) to address the reported release of between several hundred and several thousand immigration detainees from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") custody.…

Victory! Alabama Lets DREAMers Drive

Victory! Alabama Lets DREAMers Drive

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:24pm

Alabama officials have announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—also known as DREAMers—will be allowed to apply for state driver's licenses. The decision affects an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 DREAMers who stand to benefit…

Victory! Michigan Lets the DREAMers Drive!

Victory! Michigan Lets the DREAMers Drive!

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:42pm

Today Michigan announced that it will allow young immigrants who came to the country as children—or DREAMers—to apply for driver’s licenses, reversing the state’s previous decision to ban them from the roads. The ACLU filed…

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