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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 11:19 AM

Judge orders resumption of diversity visas

September 06, 2020 - 12:16 PM EDT


A federal judge in Washington has reportedly ordered the Trump administration to temporarily resume issuing diversity visas to immigrants through a lottery system.

"To be clear, there is no statutory requirement that every available diversity visa be issued each year, " U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, an Obama appointee, wrote in in his decision on Friday, The Associated Press reported. "But that does not mean that the State Department could effectively extinguish the diversity program for a given year by simply sitting on its hands and letting all pending diversity visa applications time out."

The ruling came in response to legal challenges against President Trump's moves earlier this year to suspend the issuance of green cards and certain visas, including those for temporary workers. Trump in April announced a freeze on diversity visas that are awarded to up to 55,000 immigrants who come from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. The State Department had issued about 12,000 diversity visas for the 2020 lottery by the time of Trump's order, the AP noted.

Those who earn diversity visas must obtain a green card by the program's Sept. 30 deadline. While Mehta did not order a deadline extension, he called on the Trump administration to "undertake good-faith efforts ... to expeditiously process and adjudicate" this year's diversity visas.

Trump's April order had called for suspending diversity visas through the end of the year. The new order will apply to at least 918 visa lottery winners, the plaintiff's attorney, Curtis Morrison, told Bloomberg Law. ...................

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 11:28 AM

1. good faith? Trump?

The Trump administration is flouting the latest DACA ruling. I expect them to run out the clock on diversity visas as well.

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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 02:16 PM

2. You read my mind!

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