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Section of International Law: International Refugee Law Committee

Section of International Law:
International Refugee Law Committee


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Who We Are

The International Refugee Law Committee (IRLC) is concerned with the fundamental human rights of refugees around the world, rights that refugees can rarely assert and are often denied. The committee seeks to educate its members and the public about issues in this field, to foster critical discussion toward a greater realization of refugee rights, and to stimulate legal and policy advocacy on behalf of refugees worldwide. To effect these goals, the committee seeks to host programs and conferences; advise section members on news and legal developments; issue written comments and analyses on the implications of U.S. laws and policies for international refugee rights; provide networking opportunities; participate in governmental and international forums; and promote refugee rights at the international level.

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MONTHLY MEETING ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 8TH @ 5PM EST:

The International Refugee Law Committee will be hosting our next monthly teleconference, click link for dial-in information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The International Refugee Law Committee recently announced the release of "The Refuge" Newsletter and Hot Topics Digest.

"The Refuge" is accepting submissions on refugee and asylum topics; the monthly cutoff is the 20th. Contact the editors at IRLCrefuge@gmail.com.

The Hot Topics Digest is a bi-weekly e-mail sent to the IRLC's listserv, apprised of news and events related to international refugee law. To share input on the digest, please send emails to IRLCrefuge@gmail.com with the subject line "Hot Topics Digest".

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NEWS BRIEFINGS ON 'TRAVEL BAN' EXECUTIVE ORDER:

July 19th: The U.S. Supreme Court affirms Judge Watson's earlier ruling to expand President Trump's 'travel ban' to include grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

July 13th: U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii ruled to expand the 'travel ban' exceptions to include travelers who have grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers- and sisters-in-law in the U.S. The judge also said that contrary to government policy, refugees cannot be blocked if they have “formal assurance” from U.S. resettlement agencies for relocation to the country, even if the refugees do not have relatives in the U.S.

June 26th: The U.S. Supreme Court rule to partially enforce travel ban, until they take up the case in the Fall. The court is allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States." The court, in an unsigned opinion, left the travel ban against citizens of six majority-Muslim on hold as applied to non-citizens with relationships with persons or entities in the United States, which includes most of the plaintiffs in both cases. Examples of formal relationships include students accepted to US universities and an employee who has accepted a job with a company in the US, the court said.

June 12th: A three-judge panel from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban, on Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. Judges Michael Hawkins, Ronald Gould and Richard Paez said the travel ban violated immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality when it comes to issuing visas and by failing to demonstrate that their entry would hurt American interests.

May 25th: The Virginia-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump administration's controversial travel ban, becoming the second circuit court to uphold lower court rulings against the policy. "Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation," the chief judge of the circuit, Roger L. Gregory wrote.

May 15th: The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments, for the Justice Department's appeal in favor of President Trump's travel ban. This is the second time that the 9th Circuit has been tasked with deciding the fate of the President's executive order. In February, Judge Robart in Seattle halted the original travel ban nationwide, and a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit declined to reinstate it.

March 15th: Two federal judges rule against President Trump's revised travel ban. A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking the executive order. A second federal judge in Maryland ruled against Mr. Trump with a separate order forbidding the core provision of the travel ban from going into effect.

February 13th: Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia issued a preliminary injunction for Virginia residents only, asserting that the President's executive order violates First Amendment prohibitions on favoring one religion over another.

February 9th: Full Text of the Ninth Circuit's order affirming the Washington judge's nationwide stay on President Trump's immigration order.

February 7th: The Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments (full audio) on the government's appeal of the lower court decision to halt the President's travel ban.

February 3rd: Judge James Robart in Seattle orders nationwide halt to enforcement of Trump’s immigration order (full video).

January 28th: The full text of Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York order blocking part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

January 27th: Full Text of President Trump’s Executive Order Limiting Refugees into the U.S.

Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Gaudet-Asmus, Karin
Thompson, Kennedy

Vice-Chairs:

Adoga, Onjefu
Apedo, Shekinah
Generous, Christopher
Minwalla, Sherizaan
Patterson, Emily
Solis, Andrew
Sull, Hardeep
Weckel, Heather
Xavier, Jean
Zollman, Stephen

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