Challenging Credible Fear Interview and Bond Hearing Delays

Challenging Credible Fear Interview and Bond Hearing Delays

Padilla v. ICE, No. 2:18-cv-928 MJP (W.D. Wash. filed June 25, 2018)

STATUS:
Pending

Asylum seekers detained after entering the United States are entitled to prompt and fair credible fear interviews and, for those found to have credible asylum claims, bond hearings. This case challenges the punitive practice of keeping asylum seekers in custody for weeks or months without access to credible fear interviews or bond hearings and the lack of basic procedural protections—like hearing transcripts and written decisions—in bond hearings, as well as whether asylum seekers must bear the burden of proof in bond proceedings. 

The case was filed as a class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Washington. Plaintiffs are represented by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the American Immigration Council.

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