Asgari v. Trump et al
Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by Samira Asgari.(Willett, Peter)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
DR. SAMIRA ASGARI,
Case No. 17-10182-ADB
DONALD TRUMP, President of the
United States, JOHN KELLY, Secretary
of the Department of Homeland Security;
KEVIN K. MCALEENAN, Acting
Commissioner of the Customs and
Border Patrol Division of DHS; and
WILLIAM MOHALLEY, Boston Field
Director of the CBP,
Date: February 2, 2017
PLAINTIFF DR. SAMIRA ASGARI’S EMERGENCY MOTION SEEKING A
TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AND HEARING BEFORE THE COURT
This lawsuit seeks to remedy the flagrant violation by the Defendants of a Temporary
Restraining Order issued by this Court (the “Order”). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
65(b), Plaintiff Dr. Samira Asgari respectfully requests that the Court enter a Temporary
Restraining Order directed to the immediate facts and circumstances of Dr. Asgari and enabling
Dr. Asgari’s counsel and the Court quickly to determine the Defendants’ compliance or noncompliance with the Order. Dr. Asgari further requests that the Court immediately schedule a
hearing on this motion.
On January 29, 2017, this Court issued the Order in the matter of Tootkaboni et. al v.
Trump et. al. No. 17-cv-10154, Dkt. No. 6 (D. Mass. Jan. 29, 2017). That order, which issued
after a duly-convened hearing at which all parties were represented by counsel, expressly directed
as follows: “[R]espondents . . . shall not, by any manner or means, detain or remove . . . holders of
valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas . . . and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan,
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Libya, Somalia and Yemen who, absent the [Executive Order on Immigration issued on January
27, 2017], would be legally authorized to enter the United States.” Id. The Order further directed
that “Customs and Border Protection shall notify airlines that have flights arriving at Logan
Airport of this Order and the fact that individuals on these flights will not be detained or returned
based solely on the basis of the Executive Order.” Id. By its terms, the Order is to remain in
effect for seven days, until Saturday, February 4, 2017.
The Defendants are in flagrant violation of the Order. Not only have they failed to notify
airlines of the Order and its terms, but in fact they have done the exact opposite.
Dr. Asgari, an Iranian scientist holding a valid J-1 visa to enter the United States to
perform research related to pediatric tuberculosis, purchased a ticket to fly on a Swiss
International Air Lines (“SWISS”) flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Boston, Massachusetts on
January 31, 2017. At the gate, Dr. Asgari was turned away on the basis of a directive from
Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) that she not be allowed to board her flight. Dr. Asgari
was able to photograph that directive and to transmit the photograph to undersigned counsel. The
directive states, in plain and unequivocal terms, that CBP recommends that Dr. Asgari be denied
the right to board the flight because she “will likely be deemed inadmissible upon arrival at a U.S.
airport or preclearance location.” Separately, a representative from SWISS’s legal department
stated to undersigned counsel that CBP informed SWISS that it could face fines and a refusal of
permission for the flight to land in the United States if Dr. Asgari was permitted to board. See
Declaration of Noah Kaufman, Dkt. No. 1-5 ¶ 8.
In light of the irrefutable evidence of the Defendants’ violation of the Order set forth in
Dr. Asgari’s pleadings, and the imminent expiration of the Order, Dr. Asgari has demonstrated
that she will encounter immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage in the absence of relief.
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Furthermore, undersigned counsel represents that on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, he sent copies
of the pleadings in this matter to four attorneys at the United States Department of Justice1 (the
“DOJ”) with a request that they accept service on behalf of the Defendants. Undersigned counsel
received a response that the DOJ was unwilling to do so. Undersigned counsel will transmit a
copy of this Motion to the same DOJ attorneys, and is currently effectuating service as required
by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4.
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff Dr. Samira Asgari respectfully requests entry of a Temporary
Restraining Order as described above. Dr. Asgari further requests that the Court immediately
schedule an emergency hearing to address this motion, and to grant all other and further relief as
may be just and proper.
/s/ Noah J. Kaufman
Sabin Willett (BBO No. 542519)
Thane D. Scott (BBO No. 449340)
Julia Frost-Davies (BBO No. 630590)
Nathaniel P. Bruhn (BBO No. 681994)
Noah J. Kaufman (BBO No. 678968)
MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110-1726
Dated: February 2, 2017
Two of whom are counsel of record in the Tootkaboni et. al v. Trump et. al matter.
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that on February 2, 2017, a copy of the foregoing document was filed
electronically. Notice of this filing will be sent by operation of the Court’s CM/ECF system to all
registered parties and this filing may be accessed through the Court’s CM/ECF system. I further certify
that a copy of the foregoing will be immediately served by email on Attorneys Rayford Farquhar,
Ellen Souris, Keara Martin, and Katherine Shinners of the United States Department of Justice. I
further certify that, as soon as is practicable, a copy of the foregoing will be served on all
/s/ Noah J. Kaufman
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