Yemenis, Iranians sue U.S. State Department, ask for visas to be processed

Riham Alkousaa
August 4, 2017

National Immigration Law Center is among several immigrants’ rights organizations filing a lawsuit against the State Department on behalf of dozens of immigrants from predominantly-Muslim “banned” countries.

While multiple attempts at implementing the travel ban were blocked earlier this year, the Federal Administration were able to enact several components of it after the Supreme Court issued a ruling that allowed for a lighter version of the ban. While the travel ban’s initial proposal has been significantly reduced, there are still thousands of immigrants with valid documentation who are being denied visas due to their country of origin. This specifically affects those with no “bona fide” ties to the U.S., including those who won U.S. “diversity visas” in a lottery.

“This isn’t right, fair, or lawful, and we are willing to do what it takes — including going to court — to fight for the rights of our clients,” said Esther Sung, an attorney at National Immigration Law Center, one of the organizations representing the lottery winners.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
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