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Darweesh V. Trump Case Reaches Settlement Agreement

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The U.S. government will allow an estimated 2,000 people who were barred from entering the country due to President Donald Trump's original travel ban to re-apply for visas after a legal settlement was reached in a New York federal court.

The settlement was announced on Aug. 31. It orders the government to contact all individuals who were denied entry into the country because of Trump's first executive order, which came into effect on Jan. 27, and inform them they can seek re-entry, reports The Associated Press.

While the agreement does not guarantee applicants will receive new visas, it does oblige the government to act in "good faith" when processing their paperwork. The settlement does not reward those who were turned away with any financial compensation.

The settlement marks the end of the Darweesh v. Trump case, a nationwide class-action lawsuit filed by two Iraqi men who were detained at New York's John F. Kennedy airport because of the ban. They were represented by several rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Darweesh v. Trump case was the first legal challenge to Trump's original travel ban. It had previously succeeded in gaining an injunction on removing anyone from the country due to the ban.

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"Although the government dragged its feet for far too long, it has finally agreed to do the right thing and provide those excluded under the first Muslim ban with proper notice of their right to come to the United States," Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer involved in the case, said in a statement.

Gelernt added that the "legal fight against Muslim ban 2.0" will continue with the Supreme Court scheduled to hold another hearing in October.

Trump's original travel ban, which was widely condemned as a "Muslim ban," originally barred nationals and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The countries were Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, although Iraq was later removed in a revised version, CNN reported.

The executive order caused chaos at airports, and prompted protests throughout the country after hundreds of nationals from the listed countries were detained on arrival despite having valid visas and -- in some cases -- residency documents.

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Trump's travel ban was suspended on Feb. 3 after being challenged in court by several states. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it could proceed with the ban if people with a "bona fide relationship" to a U.S. citizen or entity were exempt.

Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter on Sept. 1 to announce he will be returning to Texas to visit areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.

"Texas is heeling fast thanks to all of the great men & women who have been working so hard," the president tweeted. "But still, so much to do. Will be back tomorrow!"

Several users pointed out the misspelling in the president's tweet. The original tweet was removed and reposted with a correct spelling.

Sources: AP via Daily Mail, CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2) / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Images: Michael Vadon/FlickrGregory Varnum/Wikimedia Commons

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