Stopping ICE From Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth

Stopping ICE From Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth

Garcia Ramirez et al. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al., District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 18-cv-208

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This lawsuit challenged Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) practice of transferring unaccompanied minors who turn 18 years old to adult custody in the agency’s contracted jails and prisons, without considering less restrictive placements. In many cases, youth were sent to ICE detention even if they had sponsors waiting to take them in.  

Following a four-week trial in December 2019 and January 2020, the Court held on July 2, 2020 that ICE is violating the law in the manner in which it detains 18 year-olds.

The American Immigration Council joined this legal action in June 2020. The case was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2018.

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  • July 2, 2020
    A federal court has ruled that the failure of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to consider less restrictive settings before transferring unaccompanied immigrant youth to ICE detention on their 18th birthdays violates U.S. immigration laws.

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