On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced in a press release that the federal government settled a lawsuit over the president's travel ban, providing that the administration assist previously banned individuals, from certain Muslim-majority countries, in obtaining visas to enter the United States.
The case, Darweesh v. Trump, resulted in a court halting Trump's travel ban almost immediately after the administration began implementing it in January. Yet, because the government banned certain individuals before the court's injunction took effect, the administration will contact those individuals and provide them with a list of pro bono legal services to help with their visa applications.
“It means a lot to me to be in America. The United States is a great country because of its people. I'm glad that the lawsuit is over,” one of the plaintiffs, Hameed Darweesh, said in a statement provided by the ACLU.
The ACLU represented Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi after authorities detained both at JFK airport. Also representing the plaintiffs were the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center, the National Immigration Law Center, the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School, and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.