Victory! Court Rejects Challenge to Green Card Ban

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April 30, 2020

Agrees with IRLI’s argument

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, after the Immigration Reform Institute (IRLI) filed a friend-of-the-court brief defending President Trump’s pause in the issuance of green cards to aliens abroad against a challenge by the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit in Oregon, the judge hearing the case rejected that challenge and kept the ban in place.

Agreeing with IRLI, the court found that it could not expand its jurisdiction beyond the case it is currently hearing, because that case is about a different government action – the bar on green cards to those lacking health insurance – that is insufficiently related to the pause in green cards abroad.

“We applaud the court’s reasonable ruling,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “It is especially important because this was the first challenge to President Trump’s immigration pause, and its rejection will resonate in future assaults on his lawful authority to protect Americans’ well-being during these dire economic times.”

The case is Doe v. Trump, No. 3:19-cv-01743 (D. Ore.).

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