Innovation Law Lab and its partners have challenged President Trump’s immigration ban in federal court in order to protect families from indefinite separation and to prevent the suspension of the U.S. visa system.
The complaint asks the court to block President Trump’s Proclamation, signed on April 22 and expanded on June 22, which effectively suspends most immigration to the United States. In signing this immigration ban, the President has indefinitely separated thousands of families, thrown the business plans of companies into chaos, eliminated visa categories that allow hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals to live and work in the United States, and rejected decades of Congressional judgment. Family reunification is the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy, but under this new Proclamation, thousands of families have been needlessly and cruelly separated from one another. Meanwhile, instead of protecting the U.S. labor force, the ban endangers the nation’s economy and reduces the global competitiveness of U.S. companies—to the detriment of U.S. workers.
The complaint was filed on behalf of family-based immigrant visa petitioners, diversity visa lottery winners, and nonimmigrant visa sponsors, including those who want to bring in healthcare professionals from abroad to help during the pandemic. Plaintiffs allege that the immigration ban violates their rights under the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Administrative Procedure Act and exceeds the scope of the President’s lawful powers.
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.