On May 28, 2020, Innovation Law Lab and its partners challenged President Trump’s immigrant visa ban in federal court in order to protect families from decades of separation.
The complaint challenges President Trump’s family immigration ban, signed on April 22, which unlawfully upends the family visa system by temporarily suspending immigration to the United States. Due to this ban – issued with a mere 30 hours’ notice – children with pending immigrant visas will be severely delayed in their visa application process if they “age out” of their current visa categories by turning 21 while the ban is in place. As a result, these children will remain separated from their parents and family members for years or even decades – potentially losing the ability to reunite with their families in the United States during their lifetimes.
The complaint was filed on behalf of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents petitioning for their children and derivative relatives to join them in the United States. Plaintiffs allege that the family immigration ban violates their constitutional due process rights, exceeds the scope of the President’s lawful powers, and contravenes the Administrative Procedure Act. The complaint asks the court to enjoin the immigration ban to protect Plaintiffs and their children and family members at imminent risk of losing their current visa eligibility.
The lawsuit was filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia by Innovation Law Lab, Justice Action Center (JAC), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP.