Last Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that has come to be known alternately as the Immigration Ban or Muslim Ban. Goodhearted citizens across the nation have been outraged by the policy, as a profound strike against American values of inclusiveness and religious freedom. Our fellow attorneys outside the immigration bar have been justifiably concerned by this action and many have reached out to ask how they can help. Thank you!
To get a sense of how worried community members are, read the comments to this post.
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Over the weekend we saw a coalition of non-profits swing into action to defend the rights of those impacted by the Immigration Ban. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a number of successful lawsuits nationwide. Locally, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) brought a successful habeas action, in partnership with ACLU. NWIRP was able to get a plane literally halted on the tarmac.
Learn how to advocate for immigrants entering the U.S.
Teams of attorneys are organizing across the United States, ensuring that lawful residents from the banned countries are allowed to re-enter the U.S. We anticipate that this same advocacy infrastructure will be needed to respond to future immigration actions by our Administration. We will be hosting a free webinar on February 15, 2017 at noon Pacific. The webinar is aimed at experienced immigration lawyers, but would be a critical introduction to immigration advocacy for non-immigration lawyers who are interested in volunteering.
Understanding the Executive Orders.
Follow the links below to read our analysis of the Trump Executive Orders.
- State Department revokes all valid visas for citizens of banned countries (Feb. 1, 2017).
- National Visa Center stops processing all cases from citizens of banned countries (Feb. 1, 2017).
- Immigration Ban Executive Order Update (Feb. 1, 2017).
- How are pending USCIS applications impacted? (Jan. 30, 2017).
- Citizens of 7 countries immediately barred from U.S. – no foreign nationals should leave the country (Jan. 30, 2017).
- Draft order will end DACA/Dream Act (Jan. 26, 2017).
- Draft order targets poor immigrants (Jan. 25, 2017).
- Executive Order cracks down on interior immigration enforcement (Jan. 25, 2017).
- Can President Trump take my greencard? (Nov. 9, 2016).