Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

After Court Victories, N.J. Groups Vow to Keep Fighting Trump Travel Ban

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

After Court Victories, N.J. Groups Vow to Keep Fighting Trump Travel Ban

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Civil rights, faith and immigrant groups rallied on Thursday in Newark - one day after a federal judge halted President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting refugees and citizens of six Muslim-majority countries - and pledged to continue to fight an order they view as discriminatory.

"All advocates are going to be ready to fight on all ends as far as we can, as far as we need to, to make sure this country's values are still being upheld," said Johanna Calle, program coordinator for the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, which organized the rally at Newark Liberty International Airport. "We are a county of immigrants."

Volunteer lawyers were on hand to offer help to any travelers who may be detained while trying to enter the U.S. Although the ban is not in place, reports have grown about tougher scrutiny and detentions at borders.

The American Civil Liberties Union of NJ said Thursday that attorneys were helping an Afghani man who has been held in detention since he arrived at Newark Airport three days ago. The man, who has not been identified, had obtained a special immigration visa that is granted to Afghani and Iraqi citizens who have helped the U.S. military.

Rallies and Know Your Rights workshops have taken place across the state since Trump tried to pass an earlier version of the ban in late January that was suspended later by a federal court. Trump replaced the travel ban with a narrower, more precise version that the administration hoped would pass legal muster.

But just hours before the ban was to have taken effect, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order. Then on Thursday, the ban was dealt another blow when a federal judge in Maryland suspended a portion of the ban that prevented visas being issued to nationals of the six countries. …

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