Immigration Law

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DC Circ. on Visa Lottery, Travel Ban: Almaqrami v. Pompeo
Posted on 13 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Almaqrami v. Pompeo "Plaintiffs were offered the chance to apply for a select number of “diversity visas.” The government never granted them visas, and the statutory deadline to do so has now passed. But this case is not moot because... Read More

DOS Quarterly Report on Travel Ban (Dec. 8, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2019)
Posted on 13 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State Report: Implementation of Presidential Proclamation 9645, December 8, 2017 to March 31, 2019 "[T]he Department of State is providing statistical information related to visa applications made by nationals of the eight countries... Read More

Fallout from Trump’s Muslim Ban: Requiring Use of Social Media on Visa Application Forms - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 10, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the State Department added new questions to visa application forms , DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. Visa applicants now have to disclose the... Read More

Muslim Ban / Travel Ban Lawsuit Moves Forward
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, May 3, 2019 "A federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s bid to outright dismiss IRAP v. Trump, a lawsuit challenging the president’s Muslim ban executive order that bars people from select Muslim-majority countries... Read More

Trump’s Travel Ban Faces Fresh Legal Jeopardy
Posted on 28 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Robert L. Tsai, Mar. 27, 2019 "At the time of the high court’s ruling, the key question was whether the policy was constitutional as written. But now, more than two years since Trump first issued the ban, the question isn’t simply... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: The Best Way for Trump to Offer 'Love and Sympathy' is to Repeal the Muslim Ban
Posted on 17 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 16, 2019 "In the aftermath of the killing of 49 people who were peacefully praying in two mosques in Christchurch by a white supremacist, it is worth reflecting on Trump’s travel ban again. Trump’s travel ban, also... Read More

Former Consular Officer: "There Really Is No Waiver" for Muslim Travel Ban
Posted on 6 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Emami v. Nielsen "[E]xhibits in the complaint ... include a declaration by a former consular officer, Christopher Richardson, Esq., who was employed by the United States Department of State from 2011 to 2018, and most recently as American Citizens... Read More

The Travel Ban at Two: Rocky Implementation Settles into Deeper Impacts
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti, Jessica Bolter, Migration Policy Institute, Jan. 31, 2019 "... The travel ban and related policies have thus significantly reshaped the entire refugee program. Possible Future Developments One of the reasons the Supreme Court... Read More

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Targeting Stalled Waivers for Muslim Ban
Posted on 31 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Scott Simpson, July 29, 2018 - "Muslim Advocates, Lotfi Legal, LLC, the Immigrant Advocacy & Litigation Center, PLLC, and Public Counsel filed an amended complaint in a class action lawsuit on behalf of all individuals whose visa applications... Read More

Threading the Needle: Challenging Trump’s Travel Ban Despite Trump v. Hawaii - Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Threading the Needle: Challenging Trump’s Travel Ban Despite Trump v. Hawaii, July 2, 2018, Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese - "On June 26, 2018, the US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii upheld President Trump’s travel... Read More

Trump v. Hawaii Q&A with Expert Law Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Forbes, June 27, 2018 - "On June 26, 2018, in a 5-4 decision , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to ban the entry of individuals from a group of primarily Muslim countries was constitutional. The court... Read More

Reflections on 5-4 Travel Ban Decision: Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia - "The human impact of Travel Ban 3.0 cannot be overstated. The ban has been in full effect since December 4, 2017, because of written orders by the Supreme Court. Well before today’s ruling, America has already... Read More

Supreme Court, 5-4, Upholds Travel Ban: Trump v. Hawaii
Posted on 25 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Trump v. Hawaii - C.J. Roberts: "By its plain language, §1182(f) grants the President broad discretion to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States. The President lawfully exercised that discretion based on his findings—following... Read More

Hawaii Files Emergency Motion to Clarify Scope of Trump Travel Ban 2.0
Posted on 30 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hawaii Attorney General, June 29, 2017 - "This afternoon the State of Hawaii asked federal district Judge Derrick K. Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in Hawaii v. Trump in light of Monday’s ruling from the United States... Read More

CA9 on Travel Ban: Hawaii & California v. Trump
Posted on 14 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Nov. 13, 2017 - "A federal appeals court on Monday gave President Donald Trump temporary permission to proceed with part of the third version of his travel ban policy, but it created an exemption from the new restrictions... Read More