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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.

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…

School Is For Everyone

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 1:12pm

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education issued an important guidance reminding educators that schoolhouse doors must be opened to all children residing in their districts. The guidance instructs school districts…

No Bond, No Bars: Federal Court Rejects the Prolonged Detention of Immigrants Without a Hearing

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 12:25pm

On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled that the government cannot lock up immigration detainees for prolonged periods of time without providing them a basic form of due process — a bond hearing where the government must show that their…

Preserving a Lifeline to College and Daring to DREAM

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:41pm

The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday (PDF) that students who attend at least three years of high school in California and graduate are eligible for in-state tuition rates at California public colleges and universities, regardless…

Class Action Challenging Prolonged Immigration Detention Goes Forward

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 6:15pm

Today a federal appellate court in California today ruled that a lawsuit on behalf immigrants who have been detained for more than six months without bond hearings can go forward as a class action. The decision is a huge victory for hundreds of immigrants…

Aleo’s Story: A Refugee and Single Father Is Locked Up for Five Months Before Winning His Immigration Case

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:23pm
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Today the ACLU released a new interview with Aleo Seh, a single father who was subjected to five months of mandatory detention before…

No End in Sight: Immigrants Locked Up for Years Without Hearings

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 8:59am

Today, the ACLU argued in federal court on behalf of Alexander Alli, Elliot Grenade, and a proposed class of immigrants who are being detained in Pennsylvania jails for months, or even years, while their deportation cases are being decided.

The…

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