Federal judge: executive order on immigration does not restrict legal residents
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Federal judge: executive order on immigration does not restrict legal residents

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] on Thursday that enjoins two subsections of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration [text] from seven Muslim-majority countries. The lawsuit was filed [complaint] on Tuesday by the Arab-American Civil Rights League [advocacy website], and “[a]ll Plaintiffs have either been denied ability to return to the United States or face a real and immediate threat of not being permitted to travel to Detroit, their place of residence,” according to the complaint. The order, issued by Judge Victoria Roberts [official profile], permanently enjoins sections 3(c) and 3(e) of Trump’s executive order, thereby removing legal citizens from those affected by the travel restrictions.

Many different groups and individuals have filed lawsuits in the wake of newly-elected president Trump’s swift and numerous executive actions. On the same day this lawsuit was filed, a Federal Judge in California ordered [JURIST report] the permission of entry for immigrant visa holders. Earlier this week the City of San Francisco filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against the Trump administration over the executive order to withhold federal funding from designated sanctuary cities. In January the Council on American-Islamic Relations [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s executive order restricting immigration from several Muslim-majority nations. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson also sued [JURIST report] President Donald Trump over the temporary immigration ban, and several other states have since followed suit. A journalist and a graduate student at MIT filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] last month against eight federal agencies for records on attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions [official profile]. Also in January the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York claiming President Donald Trump’s continued business dealings violate the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution.