The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack

The Department of Justice is perverting a rule to shut down immigrant-rights lawyers.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Rachel B. Tiven
Nation, The
May 19, 2017

Tags: Deportation, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) (Washington State)


Last week, NWIRP filed a lawsuit to defend itself against the DoJ’s order—and on Wednesday, a judge granted a restraining order. So for now, the organization can keep helping immigrants who need legal advice. But what’s at stake extends far beyond NWIRP and the 5,000 people it serves every year. The outcome of this legal battle will profoundly impact access to legal representation for the tens of thousands of immigrants who apply for asylum in the United States every year and the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants whose cases are currently in front of an immigration judge.