Confusion Over Travel Ban Led Federal Agents to Violate Court Order

Confusion Over Travel Ban Led Federal Agents to Violate Court Order

The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently notified lawmakers that confusion over the Trump Administration’s first travel ban had resulted in the violation of court orders by federal agents. The initial travel ban temporarily barred immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country. Amidst the mass protests at international airports and the civil litigation that quickly ensued, some federal agents advised airlines not to allow certain individuals board U.S.-bound flights, in violation of the court orders halting implementation of the travel ban. Furthermore, the inspector general reported that his ability to make findings had become mired down in arguments with DHS over redactions, which make it difficult, if not impossible, to get a clear picture of the Administration’s failures to properly handle the first travel ban. The inspector general also criticized the actions and attitudes of the senior officials of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency in clearly violating two separate court orders. It appears that CBP leaders were not aware of what relevant court orders meant for their agency. For example, a federal judge in Massachusetts issued an order enjoining implementation of the travel ban that specifically instructed CBP agents not to tell airlines that passengers were to be detained or removed on the basis of the travel ban. Nonetheless, two days later, CPB agents were found violating the order at Boston Logan International Airport. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are actively monitoring the progress of litigation concerning the Trump administration’s latest version of the travel ban. Although the revised travel ban is currently in effect, based on very recent developments, there are no guarantees that federal immigration agents always will follow the letter of the law, which could result in the improper arrest and detention of some immigrants. No matter what the situation may be, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of detained noncitizens and working toward their release from detention. We know how to evaluate your case, explore your options, and provide you with the strongest defense against removal possible. Contact your California deportation defense attorneys today and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team.
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