Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Files Amicus Brief Urging Correction of Constitutional Violations by ICE

By: 
Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
Published on:
April 29, 2020
NBC Bay Area

This afternoon, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP partnered with @Public Counsel to file a Ninth Circuit amicus brief identifying outrageous constitutional violations by ICE at the Adelanto Detention Center -- and explaining why ICE must release detainees to protect them from exposure to the coronavirus. Partner Joshua Matz made the following statement:

"ICE cannot lawfully seize people, subject them to a substantial risk of exposure to the coronavirus, deny them any ability to protect themselves, and then disclaim responsibility for their fate. Yet that is exactly what has happened at Adelanto Detention Center. To remedy the egregious and persistent constitutional violations at Adelanto, the district court ordered ICE to release enough detainees to allow social distancing within the facility. We are proud to represent leading experts in law, medicine, and public health in urging the Ninth Circuit to deny the Government's request to stay that order. Entering a stay would be a dangerous gamble—and would drastically increase the odds that Adelanto will be overwhelmed by a coronavirus outbreak while this case languishes on appeal. Neither law nor equity warrants that result."

Read the full amicus brief hereJoshua MatzMichael SkocpolKyla Magun, and Dylan Cowit contributed to the brief, in partnership with Public Counsel.

More news from our Newsroom

Published on: March 31, 2021

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Named “Boutique Firm of the Year” for the Second Consecutive Year by Benchmark Litigation

NEW YORK, NY, March 31, 2021 – Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is pleased to announce that our firm has been named “Boutique Firm of the Year” at the 2021 Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards, during a... Read More
Published on: March 26, 2021

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Files Amicus Brief Supporting Critical Relief for Commercial Tenants Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

Yesterday evening, attorneys from Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, defending the constitutionality of a New York City ordinance... Read More