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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.

Victory! Iowa Lets the DREAMers Drive!

Victory! Iowa Lets the DREAMers Drive!

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 12:46pm
This week the Iowa Department of Transportation announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—or “DREAMers”—will be eligible for driver’s licenses—reversing the state’s decision a month ago to ban them from the roads. The decision affects an estimated 5,000 DREAMers benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, which permits certain young immigrants to remain in the country and apply for work permits on a two-year, renewable basis.
New Federal Guidance Makes Clear That States Should Let the DREAMers Drive

New Federal Guidance Makes Clear That States Should Let the DREAMers Drive

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

Today the federal government issued new guidance that should end the latest form of anti-immigrant discrimination at the state level: the decision by certain states to deny driver’s licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the country as…

Curtailing Immigration Prison System Can Reduce Spending Without Hurting Public Safety

Curtailing Immigration Prison System Can Reduce Spending Without Hurting Public Safety

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU & Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 11:17am

Today, Roll Call published an op-ed we wrote on how curtailing immigration prisons is an easy way for Congress to begin to reduce the deficit, cut government spending, and reform our flawed immigration system.

In addition, there are several…

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Mandatory Immigration Lock-up

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Mandatory Immigration Lock-up

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 9:29am

Garfield Gayle, a 59-year-old green card holder from Jamaica, has lived in the United States for 30 years.

Immigration Detainees Have the Right to Due Process, Too

Immigration Detainees Have the Right to Due Process, Too

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:12pm

Alejandro Rodriguez’s parents brought him from Mexico when he was a baby. Prior to his detention, Alejandro earned his green card and lived near his extended family in Los Angeles, working as a dental assistant to support his two U.S. citizen…

Plyler’s Legacy Goes to College

Plyler’s Legacy Goes to College

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:23pm

Adriana Sanchez, whose story was recently reported by the Associated Press, was brought from Mexico to Central California at age twelve by her parents, who are both farm workers. The family overstayed their visas. As the AP explained:

Even…

The Tragic Costs of Immigration Detention

The Tragic Costs of Immigration Detention

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 11:12am

This week, the ACLU Blog of Rights launched a 10-day blog series about the costs of immigration detention, both human and fiscal, and what needs to be done to ensure fair and humane policy.

No Bond, No Bars

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:53pm

Cheikh Diop was detained for 1,072 days — or nearly three years — while challenging the government's attempt to remove him to Senegal, a country he had fled 20 years earlier after being tortured by Senegalese military forces. Because…

Deportation to Haiti Is Still a Death Sentence

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 1:15pm

Earlier this week, our government deported yet another 26 individuals to Haiti — even though for many, deportation to Haiti remains a likely death sentence. Wildrick T. Guerrier, a man on the first deportation flight in January, died of …

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…

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