Yale Law Clinic Secures Victory in Challenge to Refugee and Muslim Ban Executive Order

Late in the evening on January 28, 2017, a federal judge in Brooklyn issued a nationwide temporary stay blocking the U.S. government from deporting people pursuant to the Trump Administration’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order.

Recognizing that Trump’s order is likely discriminatory, illegal, and unconstitutional, District Court Judge Ann Donnelly ordered the government not to remove, among others, any “individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States.”

This order resulted from an action filed early Saturday morning by the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) at Yale Law School and a coalition of leading civil rights’ groups on behalf of a class of people being unlawfully denied entry into the United States. Despite the victory, advocates at airports across the United States continue to report instances of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents intimidating immigrants into leaving the United States, in clear violation of the Court order.