Lawsuit Claims Some Young Immigrants Treated Unfairly Under New Policy

Lawyers say federal authorities have been denying a special status to immigrants in New York aged 18 through 20.

News Story (New York)

Corinne Ramey
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
June 7, 2018

Tags: Children & Juvenile, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City), Door, The (NY)


The denials are the subject of a proposed class-action lawsuit, filed Thursday against federal immigration officials in Manhattan federal court by public-defender group the Legal Aid Society and private law firm Latham & Watkins LLP. Legal Aid lawyers estimate about 3,000 young people with pending applications could be affected by what they view as an abrupt policy change.

“These kids, for at least the last 10 years, have been getting their applications granted,” said Beth Krause, supervising attorney of Legal Aid Society’s immigrant-youth project. “Now, with no change in law, either state or federal, they are being denied, and that’s not right.”