Abusive Immigration Practices

Cases

Freedom of Information Request with DHS and ICE seeking information related to ICE’s home raids policies and arrest data in general as well as the particulars of a December 2011 ICE warrantless home...
Challenging the rendition to torture in Syria of Canadian citizen Maher Arar by U.S. government officials. [Past Case]
Blackman v. Holder is one of several cases in which the Center for Constitutional Rights submitted amicus briefs in support of non-citizens seeking relief from immigration detention. It involves a...
Deportations from the U.S. to Haiti had been stayed on humanitarian grounds since the January 12, 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti. Advocates and community members were shocked when, on December 9,...
Mr. Cardenas Abreu was born in the Dominican Republic on February 17, 1979. He entered the United States as a lawful permanent resident at age 16 in 1996. His entire family, including his grandmother...
A case involving the defense of a mentally disabled and mentally ill lawful permanent resident facing deportation from the United States. Mr. Anderson was placed in removal proceedings in January...
Mr. Abdel-Muhti was a stateless Palestinian born in the Ramallah district of the West Bank in August 1947. Because he left the West Bank before the Israeli takeover in 1967, he could not receive...
Casas-Castrillon v. Lockyer is one of several cases in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has signed on as amicus curiae to support non-citizens seeking relief from immigration...
Nguyen Da Yen, et al. v. Kissinger is a class action suit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in cooperation with attorneys in California argued that the detention of Vietnamese...
In the Matter of Randall , the INS invoked the McCarran-Walter Act’s ideological exclusion provision to force Margaret Randall, a prominent poet and essayist who was born in the United States, to...
Haitian Centers Council, Inc. v. Sale was a case which secured an order in federal court that closed the detention camp for HIV-positive Haitian refugees at Guantánamo. Once in office, President Bill...
American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh is a case filed against the U.S. Attorney General and the head of the INS that alleged they violated domestic and international laws when they denied asylum to...

The U.S. government has a long history of violating the civil and human rights of immigrants, who often lack political power and access to justice. From our early support of the Sanctuary Movement and our representation of HIV-positive Haitians held in Guantánamo to our legal challenges to warrantless home raids in Latinx communities and the religious profiling and illegal detention of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab (MASA) immigrants following 9/11, the Center has fought to defend the rights of vulnerable immigrants and empower their communities. We are challenging the religious profiling and illegal detention of MASA immigrants; providing direct legal support to activists; bringing to light the expansion of immigration enforcement and privatized detention as key features of mass incarceration; and responding to the Trump administration’s cruel escalation of Obama-era policies. Through Freedom of Information Act requests and litigation, CCR has bolstered efforts by grassroots immigrant rights groups to force government transparency about policies like Secure Communities, the detention bed quota, and raid operations.