State of Washington, et al v. Donald J. Trump, et al

Filing 91

Submitted (ECF) Amicus brief for review and filed Motion to become amicus curiae. Submitted by American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Human Rights First, KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), and Tahirih Justice Center. Date of service: 02/06/2017. [10304762] [17-35105]--[COURT UPDATE: Attached exhibits (originally submitted in entry [92]), resent notice. 02/07/2017 by LA] (Mincer, Jonathan) [Entered: 02/06/2017 11:59 PM]

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EXHIBIT G Honorable James L. Robart 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 9 10 11 12 13 Juweiya Abdiaziz ALI; A.F.A., a minor; Reema Case No.: 2:17-cv-00135-JLR Khaled DAHMAN; G.E., a minor; Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed ALI; E.A., a minor; on behalf of themselves as individuals and on DECLARATION OF GHASSAN TAHHAN behalf of others similarly situated, IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS Plaintiffs-Petitioners, 14 15 v. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Donald TRUMP, President of the United States of America; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE; Tom SHANNON, Acting Secretary of State; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; John F. KELLY, Secretary of Homeland Security; U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES; Lori SCIALABBA, Acting Director ofUSCIS; OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE; Michael DEMPSEY, Acting Director ofNational Intelligence, 23 Defendants-Respondents. 24 25 26 27 28 DECLARATION OF GHASSAN TAHHAN Case No.2: 17-cv-00135-JLR NORTiiWEST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT • -0 615 Second Ave., Ste. 400 Seattle, WA 98 104 206-957-8611 I, GHASSAN TAHHAN , declare under penalty of perjury as follows: 2 I. I am a citizen of the United States. I live in Frisco, Texas. I am a software engineer. 2. I came to the United States in 2006 when I was about 22 years old from Syria. r became 3 4 citizen on August 18, 2015. 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. My parents are citizens of Syria and they currently live in Damascus, Syria 4. As a U.S. citizen, I applied for my parents to become Permanent Lawful Residents. They already got approved and they already received their immigrant visas. My father's immigrant visa was issued on January 19, 2017, and my mother's immigrant visas was issued on January 23, 2017. - My parents already purchased their plane tickets to the United States but they didn't start 11 5. 12 their travel yet. My parents live in a war-torn country. Nothing is safe over there and no one 13 knows what might happen the next day. My father is 76 years old, and my mother is 70 years 14 old. All of their children live outside Syria. It' s very important for them to have a safe place 15 where they can rest and feel safe. 16 6. 17 last time I've seen my parents. 18 7. 19 States. As I mentioned before, none of their children live in Syria anymore, which is why it 20 21 22 23 We lost about $500.00 so far for cancelling the tickets. It has been almost 1 year since the My parents are old people, they need all the care and rest they can get here in the United becomes very important for them to be able to come to the United States for safety, medical care, and so much more. In Syria it is very hard nowadays to get anything - even clean drinking water. With all of what's going on right now, I am afraid that this E xecutive Order will prevent me from seeing my parents for the rest of my life. 24 25 26 27 28 DECLARATION OF GHASSAN TAHHAN C ase No. 2: 17-cv-00135-JLR NORTHWEST IMMlGRANT IUGHTS PROJECT - I 61 5 Second Ave., Ste. 400 Seattle, WA 98104 206-957-8611 I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is 2 true and correct to the best of my inforrnation, knowledge, and belief 3 Executed on this 4th day ofFebruary, 2017, in Frisco, TX. 4 5 6 GHASSAN TAHHAN 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 ·s II ? II :} I I 21 II li ., .,.., !! !i .,~ ' :!4 I .,, I 26 27 :!8 II II I I DECLARATION OF GHASSAN TAHHAN Case No. 2 : 17 -cv-00 135-JLR I II NORTHWEST lMMJGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT -2 6 15 Second Ave., Ste. 400 Seattle, WA 98 104 206-957-8611

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