February 21, 2023

Munger, Tolles & Olson Secures Class Certification in Fourth Amendment Challenge to ICE Arrest Practices

Munger, Tolles & Olson, together with co-counsel at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, secured class certification in a federal lawsuit challenging certain home arrest policies and practices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Filed in April 2020, the lawsuit, Kidd v. Mayorkas, challenges the manner in which ICE carries out warrantless arrests of community members at their homes in Southern California. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that ICE conducts immigration enforcement operations at homes without a warrant or valid consent and uses unlawful ruses where ICE officers impersonate police or misrepresent their governmental identity or purpose to residents in violation of the Fourth Amendment and federal law.

The recent order by the court certifies two classes of Southern California residents, those who have been or are at risk of being subjected to the policies and practices at issue.

The court is set to hear motions for final relief in the case in June 2023 and trial is scheduled to commence in August 2023.

Read more about the class certification.

The MTO team is led by Giovanni Saarman González, overseen by Jacob Kreilkamp.

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Contributing to the community through pro bono work and other forms of volunteerism is a core tenet of the culture at Munger, Tolles & Olson. The firm was one of the charter signatories to the American Bar Association’s pro bono challenge and consistently devotes more than three percent of all attorney time to delivering needed pro bono legal assistance. We are proud to be one of the select group of firms to have received the ABA’s coveted Pro Bono Publico Award.

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