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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.

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 from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Victory! Michigan Lets the DREAMers Drive!

Victory! Michigan Lets the DREAMers Drive!

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 4:42pm

Today Michigan announced that it will allow young immigrants who came to the country as children—or DREAMers—to apply for driver’s licenses, reversing the state’s previous decision to ban them from the roads. The ACLU filed…

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…

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…

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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