Posted on: June 28th, 2017
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Dear Readers:

While we were preparing this latest newsletter for distribution, the United States Supreme Court issued its initial decision on the travel ban cases that have quickly worked their way up to the highest court. Some hoped the court would let the lower rulings stand. Alas, the court decided to hear arguments in October.

It also decided to allow a very small portion of the travel ban to take effect. Basically, only those with no bona fide ties to individuals or entities in the US can be subject to the travel ban during the period leading up to the Supreme Court deciding on the case. The court specifically noted that students, workers and those with family members in the US were not to be subject to the ban during this period. It also noted that non-profits that sought to come up with client lists of individuals for the express purpose of avoiding the ban would not be covered.

That seems to mean that refugees can sidestep the ban and that was the position taken by leading refugee organizations. And even visitors and self-sponsored individuals can argue they bona fide ties to the US in many cases. On the other hand, it would indeed be a surprise given what we’ve seen from this Administration if CBP and the US consulates don’t take a broad view of the ruling. So this is likely going to be litigated over the next several months and airport lawyers will be busy.


In firm news, firm lawyers Greg Siskind, Lynn Susser and Ari Sauer each spoke at the annual meeting of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in New Orleans. Greg Siskind also attended the summer Board of Governors meeting of AILA and presided as chair over the IMG Taskforce annual meeting.


Siskind Susser welcomes you to contact the firm if you are interested in a consultation with one of our lawyers. Simply go to to request an appointment.



Greg Siskind

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