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Dean Johnson Interviewed on Trump Immigration Order by Minnesota Public Radio

Dean Kevin R. Johnson was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio about President Trump’s recent executive order barring travel to the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.  Dean Johnson discussed the order at length, touching on subjects including previously existing procedures for vetting refugees and immigrants, confusion among immigration officials regarding implementation of the order, and what the future may hold for non-citizens seeking to travel in or out of the United States.

“I do think that the political response and the litigation response and the worldwide uproar over this order in a normal set of circumstances would get the administration to think carefully about proceeding in the future,” said Johnson. “I can’t say that’s the case for this administration, because it seems to be unique in so many different ways. I have to say it’s hard for me to predict what might happen.  Could we see an expansion in the number of countries listed?  I think we could. If we’re worried about the civil rights and other impacts of these orders, should we continue to voice our concerns?  I think we very much should.”

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.