This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.
In Anunciato v. Trump, more than 245 family, employment, and diversity-based immigrant visa applicants and their U.S. sponsors sued President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the Department of State in federal court in San Francisco, California on November 9, 2020. The plaintiffs seek immediate relief from a Presidential Proclamation that expires on December 30 and is expected to be extended. They want the administration "to follow the law and process the visas for which they have qualified." Plaintiffs argue that the proclamation unlawfully bars them from immigrating to the United States, has caused extraordinary hardship, and is arbitrary and capricious.
Attorneys representing the plaintiffs include Jeff Joseph, Aaron Hall and Jennifer Howard of Joseph & Hall, PC; Charles Kuck, Danielle Claffey, and Phillip Kuck of Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC; and Greg Siskind of Siskind Susser PC. Charles Kuck said that the plaintiffs "cannot wait two more months to enter the United States on their diversity visas, reunite with their loved ones on family visas, and start their employment with employers who have already shown that there are no qualified workers for their jobs on their employment visas."