Keller Rohrback’s Amy Williams-Derry Discusses President Trump’s Executive Order Travel Ban and Judge Robart’s TRO
On February 3, 2017, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. partner Amy Williams-Derry participated in a panel sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-WA (“CAIR”) at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond, Washington to discuss President Trump’s Executive Order travel ban. A top agenda item for the panel was the nationwide temporary restraining order entered against the Executive Order by Western District of Washington Judge Robart earlier that day, in response to a joint petition filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota.
Since the Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017, many families, including those who are permanent United States residents or dual citizens, have been concerned about the impacts of this order on their civil rights, including their ability to travel and to pursue their educational and vocational goals. Local families are also concerned about the impact of the Executive Order on U.S. refugee programs, including the Order’s stated intent to permanently stop receiving refugees from Syria. The event included a question and answer session with the panel, and the opportunity to speak privately with volunteer attorneys. Participants learned about the legal challenges to the Executive Order and the practical implications stemming from both the Order and the challenges to it.