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Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Represents Syrian Asylee in Challenge to President Trump’s Travel Ban


New York—Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP is representing a young Syrian man in connection with President Trump’s executive orders barring entry into the United States from Syria and certain other countries.

Represented on a pro bono basis, the firm’s client is a Sunni Muslim man who lives in Wisconsin and who was granted asylum in 2016, after being fully vetted by U.S. immigration authorities. He promptly filed derivative asylum applications to reunite with his wife and three-year-old daughter, both of whom were forced to remain behind in Aleppo, Syria. The derivative asylum applications were in their final stages of processing when President Trump signed his original travel ban in January 2017.

HSG filed a lawsuit on the man’s behalf in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin against President Trump, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security John Kelly, and others. The amended complaint we filed is available below.

On March 10, Chief Judge William Conley entered a temporary restraining order enjoining enforcement of President Trump’s revised travel ban against the firm’s client and his family. This represented the first TRO in the nation against President Trump’s revised executive order.

The HSG team consists of partner Vincent Levy, associates Andrew Breidenbach, Lauren Giudice, Matthew Noller, Sarah Sternlieb, and Andrei Vrabie, and law clerk Kevin Benish. Pines Bach LLP acts as our Wisconsin counsel.

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