Trump administration settles with more than 300 refugees delayed by travel ban

Trump administration settles with more than 300 refugees delayed by travel ban
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The federal government will prioritize the processing of cases delayed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE’s travel ban, according to a settlement filed Monday in federal court.

The settlement involves two lawsuits that had been consolidated in a challenge to Trump’s effort to restrict travel from 11 mostly Muslim nations, resulting in delays for hundreds of refugees.

“The government tried to keep refugee families apart under the pretense of national security,” Lisa Nowlin, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, said in a statement. “This settlement aims to undo the harmful effects of the illegal and misguided ban on refugees.”

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The settlement was filed in federal court in Seattle, The Associated Press reported.

The settlement affects more than 300 refugees who were on the verge of being permitted to arrive in the U.S. before their applications were halted by Trump’s efforts in 2017 to restrict travel from the 11 countries as well as some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq, according to the AP.

Under the terms of the settlement, the federal government won’t automatically admit the refugees; instead, officials agreed to move the cases to the top of the list for processing, the AP reported.