It’s Not Over: Our Legal Fight Against Trump’s Travel Ban Continues this Week


On Monday, civil rights and immigrant advocates were shaken by the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision allowing President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations to go into effect. This is not a final ruling on the legality of the travel ban; it simply removes the freeze on the ban while two legal challenges make their way through the federal courts. Arguments in those cases will be heard and broadcast this week.

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee proudly signed onto amicus briefs in the two cases, Trump v. Hawaii and Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, challenging the ban for promoting anti-Muslim discrimination by singling out those born in the targeted majority-Muslim countries.  Since the original order, President Trump has issued a new proclamation that adds travelers from North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad to those banned from Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iran. The cases have been amended since the original ban, and supplemented with a brief that collects President Trump’s most recent public statements showing bias and animus against Muslims. 

The Seattle-based 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments today in Trump v. Hawaii beginning at 2pm, and will be broadcast by CNN/CSPAN here.

On Friday, December 8 the 4th Circuit Court in Richmond, Virginia will hear arguments in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project beginning at 9am and will be available by audio livestream on CNN.

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee also signed onto an amicus brief in a separate district court case in Washington that challenges the most recent 90-day refugee ban and indefinite pause on the refugee “follow-to-join” program.

If the lower courts made a quick decision on these cases, the Supreme Court could hear and decide on the issue this term, by the end of June.