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Settlement Creates Path to Reopen Cases of Deported Detainees with Mental Health Disabilities

The court has granted preliminary approval of a partial settlement agreement for Franco v. Holder, which allows for the reopening of cases of class members who did not receive the protections of the Franco court orders in their removal proceedings. This includes the possibility of ICE facilitating the return of some individuals who have already been removed from the United States. 

Franco v. Holder is a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of immigration detainees in California, Arizona, and Washington who suffer from severe mental disabilities. The Obama administration had refused to provide an attorney, the most fundamental of legal protections, to these vulnerable individuals, even though they obviously cannot understand, let alone defend themselves in, their deportation hearings.

View the details of the summary below or read more about the case at the site of our co-counsel, ACLU of Southern California.

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(Traducción del Aviso en español disponible aquí.)