The National Jurist - Spring 2017 - 21
YALE LAW SCHOOL'S Worker & Immigrant
Rights Advocacy Clinic assisted in filing the first
lawsuit after President Trump's executive order
banning travel from seven countries. It was on
behalf of an Iraqi man at risk of being deported.
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BY KATIE THISDELL
Within hours of President Trump's executive order banning citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., hundreds of attorneys around
the country rushed to airports to help families of travelers who were being held and
threatened with deportation.
Students and faculty at Yale Law
School's Worker and Immigrant Rights
Advocacy Clinic also got to work.
Working in partnership with a coalition of leading civil rights' groups, including the International Refugee Assistance
Project (IRAP), the school's 30-person
clinic team helped file the first legal challenge to the Trump administration on
behalf of two Iraqi refugees detained at
John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The next day, a federal judge issued a
nationwide temporary stay, after a lawyer
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from the American Civil Liberties Union
argued it at an emergency hearing. The
team - which included many former students at the clinic - had worked around
the clock, and also created a template for
other lawyers to use.
"It was amazing - everyone swung
into action and we were up all night drafting it," Becca Heller, a Yale graduate and
co-founder of IRAP, told The New York
Immigration clinics at schools around
the country joined similar efforts, allowing students to get on-the-job training
with outcomes that affected real people.
Universities also called on their law schools
to aid the students, faculty and staff who
are at risk of deportation. For example,
New York University launched the NYU
Immigrant Defense Initiative, coordinated
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