Christopher Stender: Landmark Decision Made On Immigrant Rights
Christopher Stender, an immigration attorney with Stender & Lappin PC, attended the State University of New York at Buffalo while also studying abroad at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. He obtained his juris doctorate from Syracuse University Law School, where he finished in the top 25% of his class. Christopher Stender supports multiple missions, including missions to Honduras and Mexico.
Immigrant rights attorneys and activists all over the country rejoiced last month when the Miami-Dade county attorney in Florida ruled that was it was unconstitutional for federal agents to request longer detention periods for immigrants in custody. It was the first official ruling made by a Florida official since the new immigrant detainers became controversial in 2010, and the decision could have a sweeping effect on the rest of the country. In a statement, county attorney Robert A. Cuevas Jr. said that federal petitions that request detainees be held for up to 48 hours are “no more than [requests]” and are in no way mandated by federal law.