Feds Escape Due Process Claim In Immigrant Records Fight

By Brian Dowling (January 14, 2022, 4:10 PM EST) -- A federal judge in Boston on Friday excised constitutional claims from a lawsuit brought by lawyers and law firms claiming the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies illegally withhold case documents from immigrants to ambush them at removal and asylum hearings.

U.S. District Judge Denise Casper said the plaintiffs — the nonprofit Greater Boston Legal Services, two small law firms and their attorneys — can't bring due process claims against the agencies because the allegations concern the due process rights of their clients, not those of the lawyers or firms themselves.

The lawyers and legal groups, represented by a team...

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