Regulations call for a 10-day deadline for officials to determine whether immigrants in U.S. custody have expressed a valid "reasonable fear" of torture or persecution of deported to their country of origin. The reality was something else: such immigrants were being detained an average of 111 days before their reasonable fear claims were adjudicated.
In stepped John D. Pingel and five Reed Smith LLP colleagues, joined by the ACLU affiliates of Northern and Southern California and the National Immigration Justice Center. They combined to litigate a nationwide class action in the Northern District challenging the federal government to comply with its own law.
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