Many members of our community have questions about how President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order, #13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” will affect them and their loved ones. While the library does not offer legal advice, we can refer community members to a wide variety of resources. Here is the official Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection Questions and Answers about the Executive Order.
This page on local low-cost legal resources for immigrants is a great place to start. Another useful resource for information on this topic is the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which includes up-to-date explanations of policy changes and finding an immigration lawyer. ACLU of Oregon is another good source for legal questions about immigration status and civil rights. For refugees, the Refugee Center Online offers resources on a variety of legal topics in a wide range of languages, including information on recent executive orders and other policy changes.
Localy, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a key organization in Portland serving recent arrivals. The Muslim Educational Trust is a nonprofit educational organization that addresses issues faced by the Muslim community in the Portland area, including travel and immigration, as well as presenting interfaith events and programs. MultCo Global is a Multnomah County site that seeks to support county staff, as well as nonprofit and government partners, who serve immigrant and refugee communities.
Please seek legal counsel for legal interpretation of these and other court rulings regarding Executive Order 13769. Here is a brief summary of some of the initial cases:
- Aziz et al v. Trump et al, in the Eastern District of Virginia, 1/28/17, resulted in a temporary restraining order regarding legal permanent residents being held at Dulles International Airport. On 2/13/17 Judge Leonie M. Brinkema issued a preliminary injunction that blocked the Executive Order in Virginia only, as further explained in a Memorandum Opinion.
- Darweesh et al v. Trump et al, in the Eastern District of New York, 1/28/17, Judge Ann Donnelly issued a nationwide stay, in a case filed by the ACLU.
- Louhghalam et al v. Trump, in the District Court of Massachusetts, 1/28/17, Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton issued a temporary restraining order for seven days.
- State of Washington v. Trump et al, in the Western District of Washington, 1/30/17. Motion For Temporary Restraining Order by Robert W. Ferguson, Attorney General. The Temporary Restraining Order that stopped Executive Order #13769 for a time, except for the cap on overall US refugee admissions, which was not suspended.
- State of Washington, et al v. Donald J. Trump, et al, at the Court of Appeals in the Ninth Circuit. The appeal of the Temporary Restraining Order on Executive Order #13769, 2/4/17. The limited question considered was should it stay Judge Robart’s temporary restraining order and reinstate the travel ban while the case proceeds? In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a lower-court ruling. On 2/16/17 DONALD J. TRUMP, et al. announced that there would be a new Executive Order to replace Executive Order, #13769 and filed a Supplemental Brief on En Banc Consideration asking the full 9th Circuit Court to “vacate the panel’s opinion when the new Order is promulgated.”
Immigration is one of many issues that have been in the news lately. We know that it can be hard to keep up with all of the important topics that affect our lives; please think of the library whenever you are looking for more information or trying to find a reputable source. We are here to connect everyone in our community with the information they need. Please contact us.