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Civil Rights Challenges to Trump Refugee/Visa Order

In his first week in office, President Trump issued three Executive Orders relating to immigration and refugee policy. The two immigration orders, available here and here directed much heavier use of detention for those seeking lawful status, an increase to the number of deportation officers, and building of a border wall. The original order on refugees, available here, totally barred admission into the United States of all nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen--including those who are already legal greencard holders and already here. It suspended the refugee program for all countries for 120 days (indefinitely for Syria).

Legal challenges ensued immediately; information on them will be kept current in the cases linked below. This page collects challenges to the refugee/visitor Executive Order. (For cases challenging the other two immigration enforcement orders, go to this other page. And for Freedom of Information Act litigation against the Trump administration, including a great deal of litigation relating to immigration and border enforcement, go here.)

The original Executive Order was placed on hold--in States of Washington and Minnesota v. Trump the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted a temporary injunction against its operation, and on Feb. 9, the 9th Circuit refused to stay that injunction.

In response, the President on March 6, 2017, rescinded the refugee order and replaced it with a somewhat narrower one, available here. It faced immediate challenge, as well; the first case to attack it is Hawaii v. Trump. In that case, on March 15, the federal district court enjoined operation of the Executive Order; the injunction remains operative, as does a second one, entered in IRAP v. Trump, in the District of Maryland. Both were affirmed on appeal by the 9th Circuit and the 4th Circuit, respectively. On June 1, 2017, the Trump administration took the matter to the Supreme Court, seeking a stay of both injunctions, and certiorari review. The Court granted cert. and declined to stay most of the injunction, but did narrow the preliminary injunctions to protect only would-be visitors/immigrants to the U.S. with a "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. person or entity. More details and the documents are here and here.

Dozens of cases were filed against the original executive order; many have continued, after amendment, to to challenge the new version. We have incorporated the principal cases into the Clearinghouse. We've also posted a spreadsheet of the cases, here. Please note: The information in the list is pulled from the federal court's electronic docket system, PACER--it is preliminary and partial, and may have errors. In addition, nearly 20 of the cases were very quickly withdrawn--voluntarily dismissed, in technical language--because their plaintiffs were admitted into the country on the basis of court orders in the other cases. This group is in the spreadsheet, at the bottom, but we won't be collecting documents elsewhere for them. Another dozen or so have no documents that are publicly available, or were filed by plaintiffs without lawyers. These too are in the spreadsheet but not further discussed in the Clearinghouse.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Darweesh v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-00480 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-NY-0053
Coding Complete
2 Louhghalam v. Trump
17-cv-10154 (D. Mass.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-MA-0007
Coding Complete
3 Vayeghan v. Kelly
17-0702 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CA-0083
Coding Complete
4 Aziz v. Trump
1:17-cv-116 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-VA-0004
Coding Complete
5 Doe v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
17-cv-00126 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-WA-0027
Coding Complete
6 Azad v. Trump
2:17-cv-00706 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Closed
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CA-0084
Coding Complete
7 Sarsour v. Trump
1:17-cv-00120 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-VA-0005
Coding Complete
8 Ali v. Trump
2:17-cv-00135 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-WA-0028
Coding Complete
9 States of Washington & Minnesota v. Trump
2:17-cv-00141 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-WA-0029
Coding Complete
10 "People of the U.S. and State of California" v. Trump
3:17-cv-00451 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CA-0086
Coding Complete
11 Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) v. Trump
2:17-cv-10310 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-MI-0004
Coding Complete
12 Mohammed v. Trump
2:17-cv-00786-AB-PLA (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CA-0087
Coding Complete
13 Asali v. DHS [voluntarily dismissed]
5:17-cv-00447 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-PA-0014
Coding Complete
14 Azimi v. Trump [Voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-00096 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-NY-0054
Coding Complete
15 Al-Mowafak v. Trump
3:17-cv-00557 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CA-0088
Coding Complete
16 Al Homssi v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-00801 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-IL-0019
Coding Complete
17 Zadeh v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-00243 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-DC-0025
Coding Complete
18 State of Hawaii v. Trump
1:17-cv-00050 (D. Haw.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-HI-0004
Coding Complete
19 Asgari v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-10182 (D. Mass.)
Filed 2017 - Closed
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-MA-0008
Coding Complete
20 Unite Oregon v. Trump [administratively closed]
3:17-cv-00179 (D. Or.)
Filed 2017 - Closed
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-OR-0005
Coding Complete
21 Hagig v. Trump
1:17-cv-00289 (D. Colo.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-CO-0010
Coding Complete
22 Tawfeeq v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security [dismissed]
1:17-cv-00353 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-GA-0008
Coding Complete
23 Doe v. Trump
2:17-cv-00178 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-WA-0030
Coding Complete
24 International Refugee Assistance Project ("IRAP") v. Trump
8:17-cv-00361-TDC (D. Md.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-MD-0004
Coding Complete
25 Pars Equality Center v. Trump
1:17-cv-00255 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-DC-0026
Coding Complete
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