Washington, D.C.—On Friday, the American Immigration
Council challenged a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ruling
that immigrants who are arrested without a warrant do not need to receive
certain Miranda-like warnings before being interrogated.
Under federal regulations, immigration officers must
advise such noncitizens of the reason for their arrest, of their right to legal
representation, and that anything they say may be used against them in a subsequent
proceeding. Last August, however, the BIA ruled that these warnings are not
required until after questioning has ended and charging papers are filed with
an immigration court.
In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit, the Council argued that the BIA misinterpreted both the
text and purpose of the regulation.
“As a matter of law and fundamental fairness, people
placed under arrest should be advised of their rights before questioning, not
after,” said Melissa Crow, Director of the American Immigration Council’s Legal
Action Center. “The BIA’s ruling renders the notifications virtually
meaningless and will subject countless immigrants to coercive questioning by
The brief was joined by the American Immigration Lawyers
Association, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay
Area, the National Immigration Law Center, the National Immigration Project of
the National Lawyers Guild, and the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project.
The Ninth Circuit case is Miranda Fuentes v. Holder, No.
11-72641. The BIA ruling under challenge is Matter of E-R-M-F- & A-S-M-
http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=mfnsRA8cOtKiB4p%2BhCF9GWN5XjZMbbvT , 25 I&N Dec. 580 (BIA 2011).
President Obama will issue an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies — from cellphone tracking to Internet monitoring — to help carry out grave human rights abuses.
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