Travel Ban: On-the-Ground Updates on the Waiver Process
September 5, 2019
02:00 PM (ET)
Since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of “Travel Ban 3.0” in the summer of 2018, the waiver process has lacked transparency, consistency, and formal guidance, leaving a cloud of uncertainty for affected immigrants. The panelists will provide an update on recent trends immigration attorneys are experiencing throughout the waiver process at U.S. embassies around the world. They also will discuss advising clients whose lives have been put on hold due to the ban.
- Who Is Subject to Travel Ban 3.0, and What Are the Exemptions?
- How the Waiver Process Is Being Implemented at Various U.S. Embassies: Reports and Anecdotes
- Establishing Eligibility for a Waiver, Strengthening the Waiver Application, and Preparing Your Client for the Consular Interview
- What to Expect After the Interview: How to Address Administrative Processing, Denials, or Approvals
- The Latest Litigation and Challenges to Travel Ban 3.0
Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is an expert on immigration law whose research focuses on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law and the intersections of race, national security, and immigration. She has published more than thirty law review articles, book chapters, and essays on immigration law. Her work has been published in Emory Law Journal; Texas Law Review; Washington & Lee Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race and Law; Notice & Comment, Yale Journal on Regulation; Harvard Latino Law Review; Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal; Georgetown Immigration Law Journal; and Howard Law Journal. Her scholarship has been cited in hundreds of works and also by federal court judges, including Judge Richard Posner, Judge Paul J. Watford, and Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw. Her first book, Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases, was published by New York University Press, was published as a paperback in 2017 and named an honorable mention for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her second book, Banned, examines immigration enforcement during the first eighteen months of the Trump administration and will be published by New York University Press in 2019. Wadhia is also working on the second edition of an immigration case book with Steve Yale-Loehr and Lenni Benson, to be published in 2019 by Carolina Academic Press. At Penn State Law, Wadhia teaches doctrinal courses in immigration and asylum and refugee law. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (CIRC), an in-house clinic focused on three main areas: community outreach and education; pro bono support in immigration cases; and policy work for institutional clients across the country. Recently, students at CIRC worked on asylum cases for detained families, completed a report on the experiences of law students and lawyers with DACA, trained police officers in the State College Area Police Department on immigration, and completed a U application for a victim of crime. The CIRC celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018 and enjoys a national reputation. CIRC was honored with the Excellence in Legal Advocacy Award in 2017 by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and named legal organization of the year in 2019 by the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. Wadhia sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Immigration Council and in 2018 was named the inaugural Editor-In-Chief of the AILA Law Journal. Wadhia has also been a lead or co-lead on law professor letters and amicus briefs pertaining to her expertise, including but not limited to DACA, the travel ban and recent asylum changes. She has also blogged for the American Constitution Society, American Immigration Council, Yale Journal on Regulation’s Notice & Comment, Immigration Professors Blog and most recently, Harvard Law Review. Prior to joining Penn State, Professor Wadhia was deputy director for legal affairs at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C. She has also been an associate with Maggio Kattar, P.C. in Washington, D.C., where she handled asylum, deportation, and employment-based immigration benefits matters.
Muna Jondy is an immigration attorney with a substantial number of clients from the MENA region. She has been assisting clients in the P.P. 9645 waiver process since its implementation in 2017. She also is a cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan. Currently she serves on the board of Americans for a Free Syria, which is a national organization focusing on political advocacy in Washington DC, working to promote freedom, dignity and democracy for the Syrian people. Jondy earned a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Manitoba, and an LL.M. from the Michigan State University College of Law.
Sirine Shebaya is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers' Guild, where she focuses on combining community advocacy with innovative litigation to advance the rights of immigrant communities of color. She has represented immigrants of color in several high-profile lawsuits relating to family separation, the Muslim Ban, police enforcement of immigration laws, and prolonged immigration detention. She has participated in and led numerous advocacy campaigns related to immigration detention issues and has authored several reports, articles, op-eds, and advocacy materials. Shebaya was one of the founding organizers of the Dulles Justice Coalition, a group of lawyers, organizers, translators, and community volunteers created to assist travelers to Dulles Airport affected by the Muslim Ban. She has been honored with the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and Commitment to Advancing Justice; the Americans for Democratic Action Winn Newman Equality Award; and the NIPNLG Daniel Levy Award (for the Dulles Justice Coalition). She is a member of three state bars and is admitted to practice in ten federal courts.
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The Travel Ban: On-the-Ground Updates on the Waiver Process audio seminar takes place Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the times noted below:
- 2:00 pm–3:30 pm eastern time
- 1:00 pm–2:30 pm central time
- 12:00 pm–1:30 pm mountain time
- 11:00 am–12:30 pm pacific time
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