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News Posted on July 6, 2017

Professor Soucek Quoted on Travel Ban in San Francisco Chronicle

Professor Brian Soucek commented for the San Francisco Chronicle on a recent Supreme Court order that allowed part of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration to go into effect.  The decision allowed the administration to suspend travel for refugees who do not have “bona fide” ties in the United States at least until the court can review the executive orders in their entirety later this year.

The question of who has a bona fide connection to the U.S. is a complicated one, said Soucek. Immigration to the U.S. involves a partnership between the government and private agencies, so every refugee who goes through the process will at some point develop “a connection.”

“Once that happens, the travel ban cannot apply to them,” Soucek said.

Professor Soucek holds a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD from Columbia University. He has clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Mark. R. Kravitz in Connecticut, and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His primary teaching and research interests are antidiscrimination law, civil procedure, constitutional law, and refugee/asylum law.