Outgunned and outnumbered for years by pro-immigration groups in the courts, a new network of pro-border lawyers is coming to the rescue in President Trump’s battle to end illegal immigration and limit the number of immigrants from terror-prone nations.
Called “Attorneys United for a Secure America,” the three-month-old initiative already has showed its muscle in fights involving the president’s travel ban and war on sanctuary cities.
“This is about making the immigration system work for Americans again. For too long I think we’ve been concerned about how it’s working for other people,” said attorney Sarah R. Rehberg, who heads up the project for the Washington-based Immigration Reform Law Institute.
Her emerging network of lawyers is an answer to the dozens of pro-immigration groups and legal teams who have pushed for open borders and demanded sympathetic policies for illegal immigrants and who have fought Trump’s crackdown.
“This is long overdue,” she said in an interview. “It’s been tough. The opposition has been attacking everything that this administration does left and right. Now we’re hopeful that cooler heads may prevail at the U.S. Supreme Court, but until then of course it’s going to be an uphill battle,” Rehberg said.
The network helps to link lawyers with those seeking to help the administration or fight pro-immigration groups in courts. “Our network connects attorneys from all parts of the country who are interested in putting the needs of the American people first when it comes to enforcing U.S. immigration law,” according to the group’s website.
The network has been embraced by groups who advocate for limited immigration and adherence to current U.S. immigration law, something often overlooked during the Obama era.
Ira Mehlman, with the Federation for American Immigration Reform, explained that the courts are key in the Trump era. “The courts have become a major battleground in the whole immigration debate. It may be the most important forum right now,” he said.
By Paul Bedard for VERASITY
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