In response to Trump’s January 27, 2017, Executive Order (EO), attorneys and advocacy groups across the country filed lawsuits in federal court this weekend on behalf of petitioners who were denied entry to the United States pursuant to the EO. First, a court in New York issued a nationwide, emergency stay of removal preventing deportation for individuals with valid visas and approved refugee applications affected by the EO. Going a bit further, a court in Massachusetts barred federal officials from detaining or removing individuals subject to the EO. Also, a court in Virginia ordered federal officials to provide lawyers access to “all legal permanent residents being detained at Dulles International Airport,” and barred officials from deporting covered individuals for the next seven days. Finally, a court in Washington State barred the government from deporting two unnamed individuals from the United States.
A broad range of voices, including government officials, academic institutions, faith leaders, and civil rights groups, have expressed their opposition to President Trump’s January 27, 2017, Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees. Notably, consular officials, Foreign Service Officers, and members of the Civil Service released a dissent memo. In addition, former cabinet secretaries, senior government officials, diplomats, military service members, and intelligence community professionals sent a letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly and other government officials opposing the EO.
Yesterday, the American Immigration Council, along with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, arguing that Section 3 of the EO violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and INA §202(a)(1), which expressly provides for the non-discriminatory issuance of immigrant visas.
As reported in today’s Immigration Politics Ticker, last night President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, after she ordered DOJ not to defend Trump’s Executive Order (EO) barring foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries and refugees against legal challenges. Trump replaced Yates with Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who will serve as acting Attorney General until the Attorney General nominee is confirmed. Also last night, President Trump appointed Thomas D. Homan as acting ICE Director, to replace acting ICE Director Daniel Ragsdale.
His ‘promise’ to make Mexico pay for the Wall fell through.
He then threatened to issue an import tariff against Mexico in the amount of 20%.
Both Democrats and Republicans informed Trump how bad of an idea this would be.
After, Trump team stated ‘he was just floating the idea’.
It is unheard of and many lawsuits have already been filed and injunctions already issued.
Meetings scheduled today with Trump cancelled due to anticipated protests.
Protests occurring all over the U.S. and the World against this ‘Muslim Ban’. The Executive Order even included Lawful Permanent Residents.
DHS stated it is in the ‘national interest’ to allow Green Card holders to ‘re-enter’ the U.S.
Trump FIRES acting attorney-general of the U.S. and vilifies a career prosecutor.
Trump essentially opens up the door and paints a target on the U.S. by extremists.
His executive actions have and will have the opposite effect than what he supposedly intended.
Trump decides not to include other Muslim countries which he seems to have ‘businesses’ conducting business.
It states that even people who have only been ‘charged’, but not ‘convicted’ should be removed.
It goes EVEN FURTHER and states that people who have supposedly done the elements of a crime, but have NOT been charged or convicted should be removed.
It also states that the Local police should in essence become U.S. Immigration officers and do their jobs for them and basically round up illegal persons to get them deported.
It mixes Federal and State Law to a point, it is unclear how to execute any of the items.
Lawsuits are the way to resolve these overreaching executive orders that are unconstitutional.