Monday, July 3, 2017
Peter Margulies: Implementing the Refugee EO: The State Department Should Consider Refugee Agency Assurances as Bona Fide Relationships
While the news this weekend seems focused on President Trump's tweets about CNN, wrestling, etc., the U.S. government is implementing the travel ban. Peter Margulies on Lawfare ("Implementing the Refugee EO: The State Department Should Consider Refugee Agency Assurances as Bona Fide Relationships") considers the State Department's "guidance" on the implementation of the travel ban:
"While progress has been made in implementing the Supreme Court’s stay of lower court injunctions of President Trump’s revised refugee executive order (EO), the State Department’s current stance on refugee admissions requires further review. According to the State Department’s most recent guidance, an experienced refugee agency’s “formal assurance” that it will provide all requisite assistance in a refugee’s resettlement in the U.S. is “not sufficient in and of itself” to establish the “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. entity that the Supreme Court set as the gold standard. The Department should revisit this view, which introduces needless uncertainty and does not reflect the context and consequences of the assurances that experienced refugee agencies provide."
UPDATE (JULY 5): For more commentary by Peter Margulies on the implementation of the travel ban, click here.