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Court Nixes Quarantine for DV-2020 Winners

September 15, 2020 (1 min read)

Gomez v. Trump, amended order, Sept. 14, 2020

"According to the State Department, the five Regional Proclamations legally compel the Department to impose and enforce the Quarantine Requirement before it can issue a visa to any DV-2020 applicant to whom the Regional Proclamations apply. See Defs.’ Resp. to Pls.’ Emergency Mot. for Telephone Conference, ECF No. 131, at 6–7. Defendants assert that the Quarantine Requirement “is in full compliance with the PI Order.” Id. at 6. No, it is not. The Quarantine Requirement is premised on a faulty legal position, and it is irrational, too. ... The Quarantine Requirement is also illogical. It serves no obvious purpose except to delay the issuance of DV-2020 visas. ... The court enjoins the State Department from applying or enforcing the Quarantine Requirement for DV-2020 selectees and their derivative beneficiaries."