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Michael
Tan

Michael Tan is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP). His practice includes litigation and advocacy relating to immigration detention and immigrants' access to education. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School and also holds a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from New York University. After law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked at IRP as Skadden Fellow and a Liman Public Interest Fellow. In 2014, he was awarded a California Lawyer of the Year Award in Immigration Law for his work on Rodriguez v. Robbins, a class action lawsuit challenging the prolonged detention of immigrants without bond hearings. 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.

Detained for the Holidays

Detained for the Holidays

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 10:44am
This fall, Zadia* and her son Jose* came to the United States to escape years of physical abuse by her common-law husband. With the help of members of their church, Zadia and Jose fled Honduras. But rather than find refuge, they have been locked up for the last seven weeks in Karnes City, Texas, at one of the federal government's new detention centers for migrant families.
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Obama Tells Arizona: Let Dreamers Drive

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:44pm

This week, the United States sent a clear message to the state of Arizona: Let the Dreamers drive.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States urged the Court to affirm its decision…

Scholars Evaluate the Cost of Locking Up Immigrants For Months and Years on End. The Results Are as Bad as You'd Expect.

Scholars Evaluate the Cost of Locking Up Immigrants For Months and Years on End. The Results Are as Bad as You'd Expect.

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:49pm

In 2012, the government put a record-breaking 478,000 people behind bars while seeking to deport them from the United States.

Many of them are seeking refuge from persecution; others are long-time lawful permanent residents with U.S. citizen…

Immigrants Held Indefinitely Without a Hearing? Another Court Says No

Immigrants Held Indefinitely Without a Hearing? Another Court Says No

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 12:24pm

The more judges who scrutinize the United States' broken immigration enforcement system, the more and more they're yelling, "Stop."

A federal district court in Massachusetts yesterday ordered the government to end its practice of putting immigrants…

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…

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…

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