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Good News On Immigration

January 16, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Another save by the courts from an anti-immigration executive order!

In November 2019 a lawsuit was filed challenging the legality of Executive Order 13888, which requires the written consent of governors and local officials in order for refugee resettlement to continue in states and communities around the country. District Judge Messitte issued a preliminary injunction in the case.

Please continue to reach out to elected officials to talk about the benefits of refugee resettlement. 

Preliminary Injunction Talking Points for Advocates

  • In November, HIAS, Church World Service (CWS), and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), represented by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, challenging the legality of Executive Order 13888.
  • The Executive Order requires the written consent of governors and county executives in order for refugee resettlement to continue in states and communities around the country.
  • Today, U.S. District Judge Messitte issued a preliminary injunction in the case. According to the terms of the injunction, the State Department’s Notice of Funding Opportunity, which required resettlement agencies to submit consent letters as part of annual grant applications to serve resettled refugees, also cannot take effect.  
  • While the decision could be appealed, any future litigation, timing, and final outcome are unknown. For now though, refugee resettlement will continue as before, including in Texas and the small number of states and counties that have not provided consent.  
  • Should the courts ultimately not rule in our favor and the EO stands, it will be imperative that we have the necessary consents in order for resettlement to continue. Resettlement agencies are not actively soliciting consents at this time, given the injunction, but will be in touch again in order to secure consents should the EO be permitted to be implemented.
  • Refugee resettlement has always been a public-private partnership, and we greatly appreciate the overwhelming support that has been demonstrated from communities around the country. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with state and local governments, and community stakeholders, on this important federal lifesaving program.