Amicus Brief of 46 Social Science Researchers and Professor in Support of Petitioners-Appellees/Cross-Appellants and Urging Affirmance, Robbins v. Rodriguez, Nos. 13-56706 & 13-56755 (9th Cir. Sept. 29, 2014).
53 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2014
Date Written: September 29, 2014
Amici curiae are 46 scholars and researchers in the fields of sociology, criminology, anthropology, psychology, geography, public health, medicine, Latin American studies, and law, whose work relates to incarceration and detention, migrant populations, and the effect of U.S. immigration detention and removal policies on migrant populations. A full list of amici curiae — who join this brief as individuals, not as representatives of any institutions with which they are affiliated — is set forth in the Appendix to this brief.
At issue in this appeal is whether the District Court properly granted the class Petitioners-Appellees’ motion for summary judgment and ordered, inter alia, rigorous bond hearings for all class member immigrant detainees who have been detained by the government for longer than six months pursuant to one of the general immigration detention statutes (i.e., 8 U.S.C. §§ 1226(a), 1226(c), 1225(b), and 1231). The objective of the amici curiae in this brief is to provide the Court with an empirically grounded understanding of the individual, familial, and societal harms of detention for prolonged periods of time.
Keywords: immigration, detention, empirical research
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