U.S. District Court Judge James Robart (Western District of Washington) has issued a preliminary injunction suspending the Trump administration’s directive that was operating to stop the unification of refugees with their families (“following to join” refugees) already located in the United States and also operating to suspend the admission of other refugees from 11 specific countries (including 7 identified in the administration’s original “Muslim ban” executive order) to the extent those refugees already have a relationship to a person or entity in the U.S. Lieff Cabraser has been working to assist the Washington American Civil Liberties Union in organizing arguments from the extensive amicus briefing, a project that is expected to continue on appeal.
Judge Robart heard arguments Thursday in lawsuits from the ACLU and Jewish Family Services, which stated that the ban is likely to cause irreparable harm and puts some individuals at risk.
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In October, the Secretary of State, the Acting Homeland Security Secretary, and the Director of National Intelligence sent a memo to Trump saying certain refugees had to be banned unless additional security measures were implemented.
The ACLU argued that the memo provided no evidence for why additional security was needed and didn’t specify a time frame for implementing the changes. The groups say the process for imposing the policy violated a federal law. Department of Justice spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam said: “We disagree with the Court’s ruling and are currently evaluating the next steps.”