Published on Friday, September 1, 2017

Trump Administration settles lawsuit for first travel ban

A settlement has been finally reached in President Donald Trump's first travel ban.

That means travelers affected by Trump's first executive order on immigration may reapply for US visas.

The settlement was filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, and frees an unknown number of Iraqi visitors to the US who were effectively in limbo.

The initial executive order was halted by an injunction issued by a federal judge less than 24 hours later.

The initial class action lawsuit was filed by Iraqi refugees Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi.

The Justice Department said it would inform all people who were originally blocked from entering the US on January 27 and the following day, and they will be given three months to reapply for visas.

The settlement does not impact any travelers affected by the second, narrower executive order issued in March.

"Although this case has been moot since March, when the president rescinded the original executive order and issued a new one that does not restrict the entry of Iraqi nationals, the U.S. government has elected to settle this case on favorable terms," a DOJ statement said.

Still, the fight is not over for critics of President Trump's divisive immigration policy.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said this ruling only 'closes one chapter in our challenge to Trump's efforts to institute his unconstitutional ban, but we continue our legal fight against Muslim ban 2.0 at the Supreme Court in October.'

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  • Not JUST Muslims...

    Trump's use of the word "Muslim" during his EO announcement for this original ban is the reason poop hit the fan. There are other peoples in those targeted nations of other religions who are affected with the ban.

    By LeAnne Rigsby, Monday, September 4, 2017

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