Supreme Court Ruling On Jennings v. Rodriguez Is Disastrous For People In Detention

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case Jennings v. Rodriguez that people held in U.S. immigration detention, including asylum seekers and legal permanent residents, are not entitled to a bond hearing and are subject to indefinite detention.

“We are appalled by our nation’s highest court,” said Christina Fialho, an attorney and Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). “Rather than uphold the Declaration of Independence, the Supreme Court has decided to look the other way and uphold a ‘legal fiction,’ as Justice Breyer called it.”

“We thank Justice Breyer for his passionate dissent, and we stand with those who will continue to be locked away in prisons and jails indefinitely,” Fialho said.  “This is a dark moment in our nation’s history.”

“We are devastated by this decision,” said Jessica Rofé, an Immigrant Defense Fellow at the NYU School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. “This decision has far-reaching consequences for our immigrant community members, many of whom will languish in immigration jails, separated from their loved ones and communities.”

To learn more about Jennings v. Rodriguez and its impact, visit Prolonged Detention Stories, a joint project between the NYU School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic and CIVIC.