A team of Haeggquist & Eck attorneys have been appointed local counsel for two groups of immigrant parents and children separated at the Mexican border under the United States government’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the firm announced today.
HAE Managing Partner Alreen Haeggquist and Partner Aaron Olsen are local counsel of record in two of the cases, which generally allege that the government failed to provide adequate opportunities for families separated under the zero tolerance policy earlier this year to seek asylum as provided by U.S. law. The cases are pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California before Judge Dana Sabraw.
Recently, Judge Sabraw granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement of the cases that will require the U.S. government to provide members of the class – including both parents and children – with certain procedures to seek asylum. Those procedures would include additional asylum interviews, which the cases allege were improperly handled under the zero tolerance policy.
The Court will hold a final fairness hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 to determine the fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy of the proposed settlement.
“At Haeggquist & Eck, we believe it’s our moral imperative to use our training, skills, and expertise to stand up for social justice and for the rights of all people,” Olsen said. “It is our tremendous privilege to represent the interests of families callously separated at the border under zero tolerance, and we look forward to the Court’s fairness hearing next month and to providing these parents and children with the rights guaranteed to them by U.S. law.”