What's at Stake
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition filed a federal lawsuit on April 30, 2020, challenging the Trump administration’s failure to provide fair hearings to people in immigration detention. The case was filed on behalf of immigrants in detention in Maryland, but challenges policies that apply nationwide.
Many of these individuals, including asylum seekers, were denied release without the government ever having to justify their imprisonment, in violation of their rights to due process under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Others were found eligible for release as they await their immigration proceedings, but are currently detained solely because they lack the financial resources to buy a bond for their freedom, in violation of their rights under the Due Process Clause and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The case, Miranda v. Barr, was filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Md.