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Saturday, November 27, 2010

First Circuit affirmed dismissal of immigration raid lawsuit

On November 27, 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a district court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by illegal immigrant detainees over their transfer from Massachusetts to Texas holding centers following a factory raid in which 360 people were arrested. The plaintiffs had claimed that immigration officials had "violated ... petitioners' constitutional and statutory rights, including: (i) the right to be free from arbitrary, prolonged, and indefinite detention; (ii) the right to a prompt bond hearing ... ; (iii) the right to counsel; and (iv) the right of family integrity." The district court dismissed the lawsuit, finding that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the case. The First Circuit upheld the dismissal, but on the grounds that the plaintiffs had failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.

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