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MoFo Represents Religious Groups Opposing Immigrant Family Detention

31 Jan 2020

On Tuesday, January 28, Morrison & Foerster filed an amicus brief on behalf of 40 religious and interreligious organizations opposing new federal regulations that would authorize the indefinite detention of families during immigration proceedings.

The brief was requested by counsel in Flores v. Barr to support their continuing effort to enforce the Flores settlement agreement, which limits the detention of immigrant children who are in the government’s custody and permits them to be held only in state-licensed child care facilities. The federal district court judge who oversees enforcement of the settlement agreement enjoined the new regulations, finding that various provisions were “irreconcilable” and “patently inconsistent” with the Flores agreement. The amicus brief was filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear the government’s appeal of the lower court ruling.

Senior pro bono counsel Jennifer Brown and New York associate Natasha Menell prepared the brief, with supervision provided by New York partner Amanda Aikman and invaluable assistance by Washington, D.C. paralegal Holly Chaisson.  

Read the full brief.

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