Monday, August 31, 2020

Immigration Advocates Challenge Visa Ban, Urge Judge to Curb President's Power


Courthouse News reports that attorneys argued for nearly four hours in federal court last week in a case that could decide the fate of thousands of immigrants shut out of the United States during the global pandemic.

The lawsuit challenges two presidential proclamations that closed the U.S. border to immigrants.  As described by Courthouse News, "[t]he first proclamation temporarily suspended the issuance of new green cards, while the second shut down the issuance of several types of nonimmigrant visas through the end of 2020." 

The White House claimed the proclamations were necessary due to the high unemployment rate brought on by the pandemic, but provided no data to support the claim. 

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta heard arguments on a motion for a preliminary injunction that argued Trump must justify that entry into the country by certain foreign nationals would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

For a summary of the arguments, click the link to the story above.


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