*Why you should read this: Because since this past weekend there have been 13 lawsuits filed against Trump’s immigration executive action. Because the cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, Seattle, Brooklyn, Boston and the states of California, Virginia, and Washington have become a front of sorts against Trump’s immigration orders. VL
By Lauren Pearle and James Hill, CBS News (10 minute read)President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to suspend some immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days, halt the refugee program for 120 days and suspend the admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Since he signed the order Friday, at least 13 lawsuits have been filed around the country, including one from Washington state. Attorneys general in Virginia, Massachusetts and New York announced on Monday their intentions to intervene in existing federal suits filed over the past weekend in their states.
Here are the lawsuits filed as of Tuesday that challenge the executive order, naming Trump, the Department of Homeland Security, the border patrol and others as defendants. The Trump administration has denied that the order targets Muslims and that it is a ban.
Dr. Amer al-Homssi, 24, a medical resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago/Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, has been stuck in Dubai since trying to board a Chicago-bound flight on Sunday, according to his complaint. A Syrian citizen who has legal residency in the United Arab Emirates, he was taken by U.S. preclearance security officers to secondary screening at Abu Dhabi International Airport, where officers canceled his valid J-1 U.S. visa, citing the executive order. According to the complaint, the officers told al-Homssi there was nothing that could be done except to wait 90 days and then follow up with the U.S. Embassy. He risks losing his residency status in the UAE if he is not able to return to the U.S. to complete his medical residency. In that case, the complaint says, he may be forced to return to war-torn Syria, where he has never lived and which he hasn’t visited since he was 17 years old.
Two Christian brothers, Basam Asali and Hassan Asali, and their families say they were detained at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday by Customs and Border Protection agents while trying to enter U.S. from Syria on lawful permanent resident visas (their brother Ghassan Asali is an American citizen). They claim they were given two options: Return to Syria immediately or go to jail, their lawyer, Joseph Hohenstein said. He added that they were not given interpreters, that there was no investigation into their case and that they were simply asked if they were from Syria. They were returned to Syria and are now in Damascus, he told ABC News.