Travel Ban: Three Year Anniversary

January 27, 2020 marks the three-year anniversary of the “travel” or “Muslim” ban, enacted first as an executive order and most recently as a presidential proclamation. There were three different versions of the ban, but the latest one, operational since December 4, 2017, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 by a 5–4 decision. The human impact has been overwhelming, as thousands of would be green card holders, students, and temporary visa holders have been banned from the United States for no other reason than nationality or religion.

In my individual capacity or in connection with a law school clinic I direct at Penn State Law, often in partnership with community leaders, civil rights groups, and legal organizations, we have created accessible and accurate tools in response to changes to the ban, and provided legal support or education to those who may be affected by the ban. Below are some of the most-read resources. I hope it is a good primer for some, or refresher for others, as the country and communities watch what may unfold next.

It must also be said that organizations, coalitions, and individuals across the country, but too large a number to cover in this post, have played an instrumental role in responding to the ban and will remain in the forefront. In solidarity.

Letter by Immigration Law Teachers and Scholars in Immigration Law in support of the NO BAN Act

A Vital Response to the Travel Ban Travesty, NYU Press The Square

Two years later, the ‘Muslim ban’ still shuts the door on Pennsylvanians | Opinion

SCOTUSblog Symposium: Reflections on the travel ban decision, June 26, 2018

Brief for Amici Curiae Scholars of Immigration Law in Support of Respondents on the History of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Gifford, Margulies, Schoenfeld, Unger, and Wadhia, March 31, 2018.

How the Travel Ban Resurrects National Origin Quotas Congress Sought to End, Margulies and Wadhia, March 30, 2018.

Travel Ban 3.0 at the Supreme Court (updated July 2, 2018) What You Need to Know, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.

Applying for a Waiver Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 9645 (Travel Ban 3.0), American Immigration Lawyers Association, Middle East Interest Group, November 2018.

Facebook Live: Post-Argument Summary, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Abed Ayoub, and Sirine Shebaya, April 25, 2018.

Facebook Live: Countdown to Oral Arguments in the Travel Ban, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Abed Ayoub, and Sirine Shebaya, April 24, 2018.

AUDIO: The Travel Ban at the Supreme Court: A Briefing on Trump v. Hawaii, American Constitution Society, April 19, 2018. ​

A View from the Ground: Stories of Families Separated by the Presidential Proclamation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus, Center for Constitutional Rights, Muslim Advocates, and the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, February 20, 2018.

Town Hall on the Travel Ban PowerPoint Presentation, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, September 29, 2017.

Town Hall on the Travel Ban Facebook Live Video, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, September 29, 2017.

Fact Sheet, Prepared by Muslim Advocates and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee with input from Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, September 25, 2017.

Supreme Court Exempts Grandparents from Travel Ban, Refugees Still Denied Access, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia on Wisconsin Public Radio, July 20, 2017.

ACSBlog: Comment and Analysis on Litigation, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, July 20, 2017.

ACSBlog: Reflections on Bona Fide Relationships, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, July 14, 2017.

Fact Sheet: Travel Ban Cases at the Supreme Court, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, June 30, 2017.

Facebook Live: Travel Ban What We Know, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, June 29, 2017.

Musing’s on Travel Ban Decision by the Supreme Court, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, June 26, 2017.

Travel Ban 2.0 Litigation Timeline, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, June 26, 2017.

Summary of Executive Order: Protecting The Nation From Terrorist Entry To The United States, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, March 6, 2017.

Updated Fact Sheet: Revised Executive Order, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, March 9, 2017.

Untangling the Waiver Scheme in ‘Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,’ Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, March 27, 2017.

Questions and Answers: Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attack by Foreign Nations” (or Muslim/Refugee Ban), Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights, February 17, 2017.

VIDEO: Information Session on President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Borough of State College, February 3, 2017.

Muslim Advocates Fact Sheet, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Muslim Advocates, January 27, 2017.

Summary of Executive Order, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, January 27, 2017.

Originally published at https://medium.com on January 24, 2020.

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