Lawsuits Challenging Travel Ban Waiver Process Barrel Ahead

Law360, San Francisco (July 25, 2019, 8:43 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday denied the U.S. Department of State's request to dismiss two suits alleging the agency is illegally disregarding its own procedures while administering a waiver program for President Donald Trump's travel ban, then quickly shifted the hearing's focus to discovery fights.

U.S. District Judge James Donato denied the federal government's motion to dismiss the pair of complaints filed by U.S. citizens and green card holders, in spite of the government's argument that the administrative record adequately shows that the State Department's waiver process is not a "sham" or merely "window dressing."

The government told Judge Donato...

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