Federal Court Hearing Today to Address Afghan Family’s Arrest and Detention

–()–Today, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
will hold a hearing to consider the Emergency Motion for Temporary
Injunctive Relief brought by a family of five from Afghanistan, who
arrived in the U.S. on Thursday in possession of Special Immigrant Visas
(SIVs). Today’s hearing will address several issues, including providing
meaningful access to counsel to this family and the appropriate remedies
for this family’s improper arrest and detention.

The family will be represented at the hearing by lawyers from
international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Public Counsel.

The family – including the father and mother and their three young sons,
ages 7, 6, and 8 months – received their visas due to the father’s work
on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan, where he served on an
Air Force Base alongside U.S. military personnel and contractors. When
the family arrived at LAX, they were immediately taken into custody and
detained for more than 40 hours without access to counsel. Gibson Dunn
and Public Counsel filed a habeas petition on Saturday, March 4,
demanding, among other things, meaningful access to counsel for the
family. The petition was filed on behalf of the International Refugee
Assistance Project as a “next friend” of the family, as well as on
behalf of the individual family members. Shortly after the petition was
filed, the father was moved to a detention center in Orange County,
California, and the mother and children were to be moved that night to a
detention facility in Texas. Late on Saturday, a district judge issued a
temporary restraining order, ensuring that the family could not be
removed from the state of California.

WHAT:

  Hearing in federal court
 

WHEN:

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm Pacific
 

WHERE:

Ronald Reagan Federal Building and US Courthouse
411 W. Fourth St.
Santa Ana, California
Courtroom 10A, 10th floor
 

WHO:

Robert Blume – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Mark Rosenbaum – Public Counsel
 

CONTACT:

Pearl Piatt, Communications Director of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
LLP – 213.229.7963; ppiatt@gibsondunn.com

Lawyers will be available immediately after the hearing for media
questions.