Plaintiffs Sue Trump Administration Over Suspension of Entry into the United States

July 20, 2020 | United States of America

On July 17, 2020, multiple lawsuits were filed against the Trump Administration by plaintiffs affected by the President’s bans on some immigrants and nonimmigrants into the United States.

Collectively, 23 organizational and individual plaintiffs including diversity visa lottery winners, family-based immigrant visa petitioners, and nonimmigrant visa sponsors filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the Trump Administration’s entry bans. The plaintiffs’ claims were filed as an amended complaint to an initial challenge over Presidential Proclamation 10014, which was the Trump Administration’s immigration ban issued on April 22, 2020. The Proclamation suspended the entry of immigrants identified as posing a risk to the U.S. labor market during the nation’s attempt to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. The amended complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is the first legal challenge against the Administration’s revised immigration ban that has been extended through December 31, 2020.

A second lawsuit was filed against the Trump Administration and the Department of State on July 16, 2020. The lawsuit, brought by 149 diversity visa (DV) lottery selectees from 14 countries, seeks immediate relief from Presidential Proclamation 10052, issued on June 22, 2020, banning some immigrants and nonimmigrants from entering the United States. Some plaintiffs had visa stamps when the ban was implemented. Others were interviewed prior to receiving visa stamps or were awaiting final interviews. They argue that President Trump unlawfully ended the 2020 diversity visa lottery program and that he lacked legal authority to interrupt the statutory scheme of immigration established by Congress.

The current immigration ban is projected to block approximately 525,000 individuals from entering the United States through December 31, 2020.