On April 7, 2022, IRAP filed a lawsuit in partnership with a Somali family who were on the verge of being reunited the day the former Trump Administration issued its Muslim refugee ban.
Plaintiff Anisa Mohamud’s mother and brother were en route to the United States when they were barred from boarding their connecting flight because they were Somali. For four years after they were turned back, they were kept in the dark about their applications, despite being covered by the February 2020 settlement in IRAP’s previous lawsuit challenging the refugee ban, which required the government to prioritize the processing of the family’s case. Instead, nearly a year after President Biden rescinded that ban, they learned that their application was denied “as a matter of discretion.” The lawsuit challenged that denial and the policies underlying it as discriminatory and unlawful.
In September 2022, the Mohamuds were finally able to reunite in the United States after the government reversed its denial of the family’s refugee application.
Perkins Coie LLP are co-counsel in this case.
Follow the Case
Apr 7, 2022
“President Biden Removed the Muslim Ban but He Didn’t Fix the Harm”: IRAP Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Separated Somali…
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Mohamuds, a Somali refugee family waiting to reunite in the United States, and sent an open letter signed by more than 75 partner organizations calling on the Biden administration to do more to undo the legacy of the Muslim refugee ban.
Feb 16, 2022
How the Muslim Ban Lives on for Some Refugees
IRAP is releasing data obtained through one of our lawsuits, which shows that refugees affected by the Muslim ban continue to suffer under the Biden administration.
View the April 7, 2022 ComplaintView Document +
Washington Post: Lawyers say the Biden administration is still rejecting some refugees once banned by TrumpView Media +
“President Biden Removed the Muslim Ban but He Didn’t Fix the Harm”: IRAP Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Separated Somali Refugee Family
4/7/2022View Press Release +