Final Order Provides Hundreds of Class Members in Duran-Gonzalez v. Holder with New Opportunity to Remain in US with Family

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Seattle, WA

Contact: Jorge L. Barón, Executive Director, 206-957-8609
Matt Adams, Legal Director, 206-957-8611

Seattle WA, 

This week, the Federal District Court issued a final order approving the settlement in the case of Duran-Gonzalez, et al. v. U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, et al.  The settlement will allow a group of nearly 1,500 people the opportunity to remain in the United States with their families.

After 8 years of litigation that included three separate published opinions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and partners achieved a victory that will allow hundreds of individuals the opportunity to reopen their previously denied applications for permanent residence so that they can remain in the United States with their families. The settlement will also allow individuals in the class who have already been removed from the United States the opportunity to submit applications through the corresponding U.S. consulates.

“After multiple setbacks over the last eight years, it is really rewarding that so many people will finally have an opportunity to obtain green cards and remain in the US with their families,” said Matt Adams, lead counsel and legal director with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. NWIRP teamed with the American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild, the Law Offices of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano and Nightingale, and the Law Office of Stacy Tolchin in bringing this case.

Click here to see the final order, and here to see the final settlement.