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In a precedent-setting ruling, a Mytilini county court has recognized the right of a Syrian refugee and asylum seeker living in Greece to receive a civil marriage license. The two are set to marry in early August in the Municipality of Lesvos.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Trump administration's motion to clarify the Court’s June 26 order, but stayed a key part of the district court decision. Read HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield's response.
“This is a common-sense ruling which correctly interprets what the Supreme Court explicitly wrote," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.
HIAS Responds to U.S. Reaching Resettlement Cap of 50,000 Refugees, and Refugee Ban Going Into Effect
As a result, dozens of refugees whose travel to the United States had already been booked past July 13 have had their travel canceled because they did not have a “bona fide” relationship as defined by the administration.
“More than five months after the chaos of the first attempt to ban Muslims and refugees from entering the United States, this administration continues to do whatever it can to keep refugees out for no justifiable reason."
“HIAS welcomes the ruling as an affirmation that the President does not have unfettered unchecked authority to bar refugees from the United States without evidence to justify such action."
“On behalf of the entire HIAS family, I would like to express our deep shock and sadness at the tragic loss of Nabra Hassanen this past weekend."
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the injunction on the parts of the March 6 executive order that would suspend entry of nationals from the six designated countries, suspend refugee admissions for 120 days, and cap the number of refugees to be admitted this fiscal year at 50,000.
“The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting. The people have spoken, as has the judicial branch,” said Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS. The courts have reaffirmed that HIAS' challenge to this unconstitutional order will likely succeed, and communities across the country continue to stand up against the Muslim ban.”
“In the midst of the greatest refugee crisis in history, this proposal inexplicably seeks a reduced U.S. response to the most pressing humanitarian disaster of our time—the forcible displacement of more than 65 million people,” said HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer.