L-R: Melinda Bonacore '13, Professor Rachel Rosenbloom and Amanda Joy '1907.04.17 — Northeastern University School of Law students and faculty are on the front lines fighting the Trump administration’s immigration policies by assisting immigrants arriving at Logan International Airport. The students and faculty are part of a broad-based nationwide effort that came together in response to President Trump’s executive order on January 27, 2017, imposing a temporary ban on the entry of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries along with a temporary ban on the entry of refugees under the US Refugee Admissions Program. At Logan, Northeastern volunteers (as well as a wide variety of other lawyer volunteers) are monitoring the actions of Customs and Border Protection and are available to answer questions from arriving passengers and from those who are at the airport awaiting the arrival of friends and family.

The volunteer effort at Logan was suspended in February after several courts blocked the government from implementing the January 27 executive order. A revised executive order, issued in March, was also immediately blocked by the courts. However, on June 26, the Supreme Court permitted the revised executive order (which now applies to six countries rather than seven) to go into effect with regard to those arriving passengers who cannot “credibly claim a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” With the executive order now partially in effect, the volunteer effort at Logan Airport has resumed.

In addition to volunteering at the airport, Northeastern law faculty and students have provided “Know Your Rights” trainings to numerous community groups. Faculty have also worked closely with Northeastern University’s Office of Global Services to provide information and answer questions about immigration-related concerns. This fall, the law school will launch an Immigrant Justice Clinic through which law students will provide legal services to non-citizen clients. The types of cases handled will include applications for asylum, U-visas, T-visas and other forms of relief. 

“Now, more than ever, the legal community must step up to defend the rights of immigrants,” said Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, a leading expert on immigration and refugee law. “Our students have been eager to take part in the tremendous effort that is taking place in Boston and across the country to challenge the Trump administration’s harsh and unconstitutional immigration policies. Our students have contributed many hours of work and have gained important advocacy experience in the process."

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