Ending Immigration Detention - Recording

Ending Immigration Detention - Recording

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Recorded 06/30/2021
CLE Eligible No
Length 60 min.
Format Video Roundtable
SKU RT2021-06-30-REC

This is a recording of an AILA University Video Roundtable, free for members, hosted on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 pm Eastern.

This roundtable is brought to you by the AILA Federal Court Litigation Section (FCLS). Members are encouraged to join the Federal Court Litigation Section. Find out more, here.

AILA University Video Roundtables are free learning opportunities for AILA members provided via a weekly schedule of live video programming for members to come together from across the country and world to discuss hot topics and network with colleagues in the field. Video Roundtables are part of AILA University programming and each session is hosted by faculty selected for their expertise.

In the early days of the Biden administration, immigration advocates hoped for quick action on detention. Advocates push letters to DHS and ICE calling for immediate releases and an end to the use of immigration detention, but the response from the administration has been mixed thus far. Detention numbers have risen almost 50% under the Biden administration - largely driven by new border arrivals - causing alarm and calls for the administration to correct course. In a recent announcement from the Department of Homeland Security, announcing that it is shutting down two facilities—Irwin County Detention Center and Bristol County jail—many have urged the administration to take steps to close more facilities during its second 100 days. The panelists welcome questions from practitioners, as well as hearing about experiences from attorneys around the country as these issues develop.

Discussion Topics:

  • Impact of Advocacy Efforts
  • DHS’s Announcements to Shut Down Detention Facilities
  • What is the Future of the Ongoing Litigation and Legislative Advocacy Aimed at Ending Immigration Detention?


  • Patrick Taurel (DL), Washington, DC
  • Sirine Shebaya, Washington, DC
  • Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal and Advocacy Director, Project South, Atlanta, GA
  • Heidi Altman, Legal Director, Capital Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition, Washington, DC

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.