USCIS Settles Kaplan Class Action

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has entered into a settlement agreement in a national class action, Kaplan, et al. v. Chertoff, et al., CV 06-5304, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The suit was brought by non-U.S. citizens who had lost or who were about to lose their eligibility for Supplemental Social Income (SSI) based on a statutory seven-year limit found at 8 U.S.C. §1612(a)(2)(A), and who were unable to become naturalized U.S. citizens before the loss of SSI benefits. In addition to DHS and USCIS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) are part of the settlement agreement. The class was represented by attorneys at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, the HIAS and Council Migration Services in Philadelphia, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP, pro bono counsel, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. The settlement agreement took effect March 5, 2008, and will remain in effect until February 5, 2011.