D.C. Judge Shields Diversity Visa Winners From Trump’s Travel Ban, Otherwise Upholds It

A Washington, D.C. federal judge has partially blocked the Trump Administration’s ban on green card applicants, diversity visa lottery winners, and other foreign guest workers from entering the U.S.



a man holding a sign in front of a crowd: NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Hundreds of people gather outside immigration services building in Foley Square Manhattan for a "Lights for Liberty" protest against immigrant detention camps and the imminent Immigration raids by ICE on July 12, 2019. New York.


© Pablo Monsalve/VIEWpress/Corbis
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 12: Hundreds of people gather outside immigration services building in Foley Square Manhattan for a “Lights for Liberty” protest against immigrant detention camps and the imminent Immigration raids by ICE on July 12, 2019. New York.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta temporarily barred the federal government from applying its visa ban to diversity visa lottery winners and their relatives that would prevent them from receiving their entry papers before the September 30 deadline.

Mehta ordered the Trump administration to undertake “good faith efforts” to “expeditiously process and adjudicate” those applications and renewals by the deadline and the end of the government’s fiscal year.

The 2014 Obama appointee otherwise upheld

Read More