Statement from The Legal Aid Society on Nationwide Injunction Halting Latest Trump Immigration Executive Order

The Legal Aid Society issued the following statement tonight following an emergency stay issued by the federal court for the Eastern District of New York halting President Trump’s latest executive order pertaining to U.S. refugee policy and immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria.

The court ruled on a petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two immigrants who were denied entry and immediately detained upon landing at JFK by U.S. Customers and Border Patrol:

The Legal Aid Society joined other defender organizations, community groups, activists and concerned New Yorkers at JFK protesting the unlawful detention and assisting immigrant families with legal issues:

“Tonight is a victory for justice, due process and constitutional values. This is also a victory for democracy and a reminder that our system of government can still correct unlawful overreaches from the executive branch. Tonight also sends a definitive message to the White House that America will not stand by idly and stomach unconstitutional policies that divide and strike fear into our communities. The Legal Aid Society – working with our likeminded partners in government, the public defender and legal services communities, activist organizations and others – can and will at a moment’s notice work quickly to protect the most marginalized from polices that do not reflect who we are as a city and country. As the situation unfolds, we’ll remain in close contact with our client community and the rest of New York City on these matters and stand ready to protect the rights of those subjected to inhumane and illegal governmental action."