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Case Name Jewish Family Service of Seattle v. Trump IM-WA-0036
Docket / Court 2:17-cv-01707-JLR ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Civil Rights Challenges to Trump Refugee/Visa Order
Attorney Organization National Immigration Law Center
Case Summary
This action challenged the Trump Administration's third attempt to suspend the United States Refugee Admissions Program (the "USRAP"), a program administered by a consortium of federal agencies and nonprofit organizations working to identify and admit qualified refugees for resettlement into the ... read more >
This action challenged the Trump Administration's third attempt to suspend the United States Refugee Admissions Program (the "USRAP"), a program administered by a consortium of federal agencies and nonprofit organizations working to identify and admit qualified refugees for resettlement into the United States, by issuing the Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and accompanying Memorandum (together, "EO-3").The executive order imposed new restrictions on refugees delayed the cases of refugees on the cusp of resettlement for two years.

The complaint was filed on Nov. 13, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Plaintiffs were individuals unable to reunited with family members or close friends because of the EO-3, refugees in the USRAP in limbo as a result of EO-3, and organizations dedicated to assisting such refugees. Claiming that EO-3 violated the Immigration and Nationality Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Establishment Clause, and Equal Protection Clause, the plaintiffs sought a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining the defendants from enforcing any portion of EO-3. Plaintiffs moved for such an injunction on Nov. 16.

On Nov. 21, the court (Judge James Robart) ordered the plaintiffs to show cause as to why the current case should not be consolidated with a case filed earlier on related grounds, Doe v. Trump. On Nov. 29, the parties agreed that the cases could be consolidated so long as the actions retained their separate character, the parties to one action would not be designated as parties to the other, the parties could continue to file separate briefing so long as it was not duplicative, and consolidation would not affect the parties' page limits.

On Nov. 29, 2017, the court consolidated this case with Doe v. Trump. Further updates on this case may be found on the Doe page, available here.

The parties reached a settlement agreement in the consolidated cases on Nov. 13, 2019. According to the settlement, the government was required to expedite the refugee resettlement applications of over 300 refugees affected by the ban. In addition, any refugee benefitting from the settlement who traveled to the United States would be counted among refugees settled in the year of 2018, ensuring that they would not take any slots away from the 18,000 refugees that the Administration planned to resettle in 2020. Further information about the settlement can be found here .

The judge accordingly dismissed the case, leaving the parties the opportunity to reopen the case within 60 days if the settlement was not perfected. That window passed without further activity on the docket, and the case is now closed.

Julie Aust - 01/04/2018
Caitlin Kierum - 11/30/2019
Bogyung Lim - 02/18/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Equal Protection
Establishment Clause
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
Religion discrimination
General
Family reunification
Racial profiling
Religious programs / policies
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Immigration/Border
Admission - criteria
Admission - procedure
Asylum - criteria
Asylum - procedure
Constitutional rights
Refugees
Visas - criteria
Visas - procedures
National Origin/Ethnicity
Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Defendant(s) United States
Plaintiff Description Individuals who are either United States residents and are unable to reunite with their family members or close friends because of a refugee ban or individuals who are in the USRAP but cannot obtain a visa because of the ban.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations National Immigration Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filed 11/13/2017
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-WA-0030 : Doe v. Trump (W.D. Wash.)
Additional Resources
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  Presidential Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
White House
Date: Oct. 24, 2017
By: United States
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats
www.whitehouse.gov
Date: Sep. 24, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Implementing Executive Order 13780 Following Supreme Court Ruling -- Guidance to Visa-Adjudicating Posts
Reuters
Date: Jun. 28, 2017
By: U.S. Department of State
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence
The White House
Date: Jun. 14, 2017
By: Donald Trump (White House)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States
Date: Mar. 6, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (President of the United States)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Memorandum to the Acting Secretary of State, the Acting Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security
The White House
Date: Feb. 1, 2017
By: Donald F. McGahn II, Counsel to the President (The White House)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Statement by Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
https://www.nytimes.com/
Date: 1/30/2017
By: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Statement By Secretary John Kelly on the Entry of Lawful Permanent Residents into the United States
https://www.dhs.gov/
Date: 1/29/2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (Department of Homeland Security)
Citation: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/01/29/statement-secretary-john-kelly-entry-lawful-permanent-residents-united-states
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  OLC Memo Re: Proposed Executive Order Entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States"
Date: Jan. 27, 2017
By: Curtis Gannon (U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 27, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:17-cv-01707-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0036-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/13/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-WA-0036-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/13/2017
Order of Dismissal [ECF# 105] (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0036-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/13/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Dismissal Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 41(A)(1)(A)(II) [ECF# 205]
IM-WA-0036-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/10/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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