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Women Against Private Police have requested review in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court of a State Board of Elections (SBE) decision blocking them from bringing before the voters a bill authorizing creation of a private police force at Johns Hopkins University. The group, represented by the ACLU of Maryland and the Public Justice Center, challenges SBE’s rejection of their petition and makes clear that the subject of the bill is the creation of the police force — not an unrelated spending measure exempt from referendum challenge.

Press Release 5/1/19

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Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
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David Rocah, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Maryland, and Debra Gardner, Legal Director at the Public Justice Center

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 4:15pm

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Residents of the small town of California, in Southern Maryland, Mr. Wanrong Lin and Ms. Hui Fang Dong, were separated by ICE’s “bait and switch” practice. Like other ICE offices across the country, the Baltimore ICE office is detaining and deporting non-citizen spouses of U.S. citizens when they show up for appointments required as part of the process established by the federal government to allow those spouses to obtain legal status to remain in the United States. In late 2018, the ACLU of Maryland filed suit in Greenbelt minutes before ICE put Mr. Lin on a plane for deportation to Shanghai, China. 
 
In a remarkable and dramatic turn of events, federal judge George Hazel convened an emergency hearing after the plane took off and was en route to China, heard arguments while the plane remained aloft, and shortly before touchdown ruled that ICE had treated Mr. Lin in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner, in violation of its own regulations, ordering Mr. Lin’s return to the United States.  He was subsequently returned to Maryland by the State Department, and rejoined his wife and three U.S. citizen children in time for the winter holidays. 
 
We are challenging ICE's bait and switch tactic and fighting for Mr. Lin's right to secure permanent residence in the United States.
 

 

 

Date filed

Monday, November 19, 2018

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U.S. District Court of Maryland

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U.S. District Court Judge George Hazel
Attorney(s):
Nick Steiner and David Rocah of the ACLU of Maryland, and Maria Rodriguez and Nathaniel Berry of Venable LLP
Pro Bono Law Firm(s):
Venable LLP

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 5:45am

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On August 18, 2015, Legal Aid employee Nohora Rivero and a law clerk visited Lewis Orchards in Dickerson, MD, to speak with migrant workers about their rights, connect them with social services, and listen to their concerns. After work hours, Ms. Rivero spoke with workers, who had H-2A visas, at their residences on the farm. Midway through the Legal Aid visit, farm owners Robert and Linda Lewis confronted Rivero and the law clerk, threatening them with arrest if they did not leave immediately.  When Rivero said the workers had a right to visit with legal counsel in their homes, the farm owners called Montgomery County police.  Police issued the Legal Aid employees an order barring them from returning to the farm to visit workers for a year, on threat of arrest.  When Rivero showed Kettering an Attorney General's opinion proclaiming that Legal Aid had a constitutional right to be there, the officer brushed it aside, saying he did not have time to read it, and ordered the two to leave.  As a result, Legal Aid was unable to assist workers with their employment concerns last year, and has not been able to return to Lewis Orchards since August.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Attorney(s):
The ACLU of Maryland, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

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