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A coalition of immigration advocates is suing the Biden administration over a Trump-era policy that froze visa issuance in 35 different countries due to COVID-19.
Former President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz trip to Bahamas part of federal sex trafficking investigation: report Omar slams Biden admin for continuing 'the construction of Trump's xenophobic and racist wall' Biden to announce executive action on ghost guns, red flag laws MORE signed a number of orders during the early days of the pandemic barring the issuance of visas for both travel and immigration purposes. President BidenJoe BidenManchin throws cold water on using budget reconciliation Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate Omar slams Biden admin for continuing 'the construction of Trump's xenophobic and racist wall' MORE expanded on the concept, signing a similar order within the first few days of his administration.
“Due to Defendants’ unlawful refusal to issue visas to individuals in these countries, the plaintiffs are subject to a total, inescapable ban on receiving their visas, or even having these visas adjudicated,” lawyers wrote in their brief.
The case was brought on behalf of nearly 200 different plaintiffs, including those seeking to come to the U.S. to work or join family members, by a number of immigration lawyers and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The State Department, which is named in the case, declined to comment on the case while the White House did not respond to request for comment.
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