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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.

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.
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! 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.…

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.

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…

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…

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