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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.

Longtime Legal Resident Finally Gets His Day in Court

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 5:23pm
Last Friday, the federal district court in Buffalo, New York affirmed a basic constitutional principle: no one should be locked up for prolonged periods of time without a hearing as to whether they should be detained in the first place.

Mentally Disabled Immigrants Deserve Due Process

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 5:29pm

Nina Bernstein’s article in today’s New York Times, “Mentally Ill and in Immigration Limbo,” exposes a particularly chilling feature of our immigration system: the lack of protections for mentally disabled individuals whom…

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…

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…

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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