US State Department is being sued by Green card lottery winners from 6 Muslim-majority countries as thousands of them have been denied the US Green Card visas. The Green card lottery winners have contended that they won the visa lottery prior to travel ban was reinstated.
US President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban was earlier blocked by the judiciary and partially enforced in June 2017. Owing to this, nationals of 6 Muslim-majority countries who are unable to demonstrate connections in the US are banned from arriving at the US.
The verdict of the US Supreme Court in June did restrict the number of ban-affected people, as quoted by the Workpermit. In spite of this, thousands of Green card lottery winners from Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Iran, and Syria have been left in the lurch. They had benefitted from the lottery enabling them to apply for the Green Card that would grant them US PR.
District of Columbia’s American Civil Liberties Movement, Anti-Discrimination American-Arab Committee, Jenner & Block law firm and National Immigration Law Center have filed the joint lawsuit. It has been issued against Rex Tillerson the US Secretary of State.
One of Green card lottery winners and the lawsuit plaintiff said anonymously on security grounds that he had won the lottery to arrive in the US. But our US dreams have now been quashed by the State department by not issuing the visas.
The lawsuit has been filed in the Washington District Court. It includes evidence from more than 90 nationals from Iran and Yemen who won the Green card lottery. They claim that the US visas won by them as a part of the Diversity visa scheme are being refused by the government. The Attorneys representing them said that this is not lawful, fair or right. We are going to the courts to fight for the rights of our clients, added the Attorneys.
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