1. In February 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a pair of memorandums implementing the first and second
Executive Orders, announcing a massive
expansion of immigration enforcement
in the interior and at the U.S-Mexico
border. It specifically rescinded all prior
“conflicting” directives, memos, and
guidance as they relate to enforcement
priorities and it made detention the
default mechanism for immigration
enforcement. In October 2017, the White
House released details on principles and
policies related to immigration enforcements priorities, and again referenced
the first two Executive Orders.
2. NWIRP is the largest nonprofit focused
exclusively in providing immigration
legal services in the Western United
States. NWIRP provides direct legal
representation, and engages in impact
litigation and community education.
3. There is no right to an appointed immigration attorney for people who cannot
afford private representation.
4. The five Muslim-majority countries banned
are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and
5. The administration subsequently announced termination of Temporary
Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti,
Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua.
MALOU CHÁVEZ is
Rights Project’s Deputy
Director. She is also the
of NWIRP’s Family Services Unit
in Seattle, where she represents
people in family-based visa
petitions and in removal defense.
She previously worked in NWIRP's
Moses Lake and Wenatchee offices,
primarily representing survivors of
violence pursue immigration relief.
Chávez first joined NWIRP as a legal
intern during law school and later
as NWIRP's 2010 Immigrant Justice
Fellow. She received her undergraduate degree from the University
of California, Los Angeles, and is
a graduate of Seattle University
School of Law. She can be reached
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