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Elica Vafaie ’11 Interviewed on KPFA Regarding Trump Administration Travel Ban

Elica Vafaie, attorney with the Asian Americans Advancing Justice/ Asian Law Caucus and an expert on National Security and Civil Rights, was interviewed on Bay Area public radio station KPFA regarding President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration.  As a guest on a segment of the news show Upfront , Vafaie talked about U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s order putting a stop to Trump's ban on travel into the U.S. by citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and refugee resettlement from any country.

Vafaie talked about the injuries suffered by plaintiffs in the case that gave them standing and which prompted the judge to stop implementation of the orders on a nation-wide basis. She said that the anti-Muslim rhetoric used by Trump during the presidential campaign played a role in the decision.

“When we’re looking at religious discrimination, courts look at the face of the document but they also look at the reality and the intent, and they need to do that,” said Vafaie.