MI Attorney General Nessel Joins Two Federal Immigration Cases

Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney 517-335-7666

February 28, 2019

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined two federal amicus briefs supporting legal actions against the director of the US Department of Homeland Security to protect immigrants who are already in this country and to protect those attempting to enter this country. 

The cases are:

Ramos v Nielsen, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

AG Nessel joined a coalition of 21 other Attorneys General to support the plaintiffs’ efforts to prevent the potential deportation of hundreds of thousands of people who hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  The brief specifically asks the Ninth Circuit to uphold the preliminary nationwide injunction that blocks the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from terminating the TPS designations for people from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan.

“Many of these people are in the United States and specifically in Michigan, because their home countries face armed conflict, natural disasters or other crisis that make their return home unsafe,” said Nessel.  “Many TPS holders have lived here for a decade or more and have started families and businesses, bought homes, and significantly contributed to their communities.”  

Al Otro Lado v Nielsen, US District Court for the Southern District of California.

AG Nessel joined this challenge to the US Department of Homeland Security’s “Turnback Policy,” which mandates lower-level officials turn back asylum seekers at the border.  The lawsuit brought on by nonprofit legal services provider Al Otro Lado challenges the US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) unlawful practice of denying individuals access to the asylum process at ports of entry on the southern border of the US.  The CBP methods include misrepresentations, threats and intimidation, coercion, verbal and physical abuse, and a practice known as “metering,” which puts artificial daily limits on the number of asylum-seekers allowed to cross the border. Michigan joined 19 states in the multistate amicus brief.

“Michigan is the fifth largest refugee settlement state in the country,” said Nessel.  “We also have the nation’s largest state program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors to help those children who were separated from their parents at the border.  These children and their families have experienced terrible treatment from our own officials and that must be stopped.”

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