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Federal judge refuses to suspend temporary ban on green cards due to COVID-19
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Federal judge refuses to suspend temporary ban on green cards due to COVID-19

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon denied a request Wednesday for a temporary restraining order against a 60-day ban on green cards for most immigrants issued by the Trump administration on April 22. President Donald Trump cited the job market as the reason for this proclamation.

The Justice Action Center filed the request for a temporary restraining order, claiming that the children of permanent residents that would be restricted from obtaining visas are under the court’s jurisdiction, and that it could therefore block the ban.

The Justice Action Center successfully acquired a temporary restraining order on a Trump administration immigration policy from the same court in November, but Judge Michael Simon denied this request. Though Simon acknowledged the hardship this proclamation incurs, he cited the court’s authority, or lack thereof in the matter. “That is a matter for Congress to fix, not the courts,” he wrote in his opinion.

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