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LAJC Informed CBP Will Comply with Order

For Immediate Release

Legal Aid Justice has been informed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection have modified their practices in response to the federal court temporary restraining order.

The Legal Aid Justice Center and Mayer Brown filed suit Saturday on behalf of immigrants detained at Dulles airport as a result of President Trump’s Executive Order banning people from seven countries from entering the U.S.  Our named plaintiffs were two young lawful permanent residents from Yemen who sought to enter the U.S. to be with their U.S. citizen father.  Upon arriving at Dulles, they were detained, denied access to legal counsel, and ultimately placed on a flight to Ethiopia.

We filed suit Saturday, and Judge Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered a temporary restraining order prohibiting the further removal of such individuals and requiring that LPR persons subject to enhanced screening be allowed access to counsel.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has recently confirmed that it has modified its practices with respect to LPR persons in response to the federal court’s temporary restraining order. We are monitoring CBP’s new practices to ensure rigid adherence and to determine if they comply with the judicial directive.

The Legal Aid Justice Center and Mayer Brown are continuing to advocate on behalf of LPRs entering the United States, as well as those who were denied entry to the United States over the past few days.

The lawyers representing the individuals are Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center, and Andrew Pincus and Paul Hughes of Mayer Brown LLP.

Contact information:

Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg 434 218-9673

Andrew Pincus 202-320-9125

Paul Hughes 240-441-2240

For details about Dulles detainees and to support this case, please go here:

About the Legal Aid Justice Center

The Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) fights injustice in the lives of individual Virginians while rooting out exploitative policies and practices that keep people in poverty. LAJC uses impact litigation, community organizing, and policy advocacy to solve urgent problems in areas such as housing, education, civil rights, immigration, healthcare and consumer finance. LAJC’s primary service areas are Charlottesville, Northern Virginia and Richmond/Petersburg, but the effects of their work are felt statewide.

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