Volunteer Lawyers for Refugees

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Volunteer Lawyers for Refugees

Trump’s Executive Order Spurs Legal Response

Since the early 1900’s, U.S. Presidents have issued over 13,000 Executive Orders (EO). These are legally binding orders used to direct action by federal agencies under the President’s control. EO’s are more expedient than waiting for laws to be passed by Congress. But like other laws, they must comply with the U.S. Constitution and Amendments to be enforceable.

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” On its face, this sounds desirable for everyone’s safety. However, the directive of the EO was to suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days, bar Syrian refugees indefinitely, and restrict immigration from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen. Despite the EO’s title, none of the listed countries were responsible for the attacks on 9/11 or any terror attacks on U.S. soil since then.

As a result, hundreds of people at airports across the country were held to secondary inspection or subject to extensive questioning. Some had been detained for up to 12 hours despite being legal permanent residents in the U.S. This prompted hundreds of volunteer lawyers to descend on O’Hare and other international airports to offer their legal assistance. Many lawyers believe that the policies or implementation of this EO violates the U.S. Constitution and legal challenges have been filed.

Protecting Civil Liberties

As a lawyer and the grandson of immigrants, Greg Martucci supports the right of refugees and immigrants to have access to lawyers and legal representation. This prompted Greg to join the group of volunteer lawyers at O’Hare International Airport on January 30, 2017. Additionally, Greg Martucci is a proponent of the rights of thousands of protesters to exercise their First Amendment right to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Martucci Law is committed to defending the rights and freedoms granted to American citizens by the U.S. Constitution. This commitment includes supporting the hopes and dreams of immigrants and refugees who love this country and desire to make a contribution to this great nation.  Martucci Law is available to represent people in a variety of legal matters including criminal defense, traffic & DUI, juvenile law, personal injuryworkers’ compensation, civil litigation, and bankruptcy.