Mary Fan

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Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law

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  • Dec 24, 2017

    Source: Washington Post

    After hearing heartbreaking stories of refugees who have struggled to reconnect with their families and listening to the plight of others who strive to leave dangerous situations, a federal judge said he would try to issue a ruling on a motion to block a Trump administration ban on refugees before Christmas. (12/24/17)
  • Dec 23, 2017

    Source: Washington Post

    A federal appeals court panel has ruled that President Donald Trump once again exceeded the scope of his authority with his latest travel ban, but the judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put their decision on hold pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning the ban involving six majority Muslim countries will remain in effect. (12/23/17)
  • Sep 07, 2017

    Source: Boston Globe

    The Attorneys General face a tough legal battle, Professor Mary Fan explains. The suit is important in preventing the misuse of information that Dreamers disclosed in hopes of finding protection to hunt them and their families for deportation. It also uses Trump's comments about Mexicans to lodge an Equal Protection challenge. (9/7/17)
  • Sep 07, 2017

    Source: Fortune

    Donald Trump's cancelation of the DACA program might motivate sanctuary cities to take a stronger role in protecting Dreamers. (9/7/17)
  • Sep 06, 2017

    Source: Independent

    Mary Fan, a law professor at the University of Washington, said it has been common over the years for comprehensive immigration reform bills to pair border fortification measures with policies that could provide legalisation for undocumented immigrants. "It's a common tradeoff," she told The Independent. (9/6/17)
  • Jul 28, 2017

    Source: AP

    The Justice Department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying it will no longer award coveted grant money to cities unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released. (7/28/17)
  • Jun 17, 2017

    Source: Tri-City Herald

    Detectives going online to catch criminals is common, although criminal defendants often attempt to make the case they were victims of entrapment. Mary D. Fan, the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, said the “entrapment” defense rarely succeeds. (6/17/17)
  • Mar 27, 2017

    Source: The Daily

    UW law professor Mary Fan, who specializes in immigration law, oversees UW law students involved in the NWIRP and UW Law School cooperative titled the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project. It primarily assists immigrant victims of domestic violence who are eligible to self-petition for a U visa. “These families have come through great adversity and epitomize the American dream’s power,” Fan said. “Obtaining the law enforcement certification is one of the crucial parts of the process, in addition to telling the violence survivor’s story in the petition.” (3/27/17)
  • Mar 16, 2017

    Source: The Washington Post

    "The judge actually tackled the big elephant in the room, which has drawn so much consternation," Fan said. "The history and the many, many statements from Trump and his senior advisers will haunt this travel ban however long the language of it evolves," Fan said. "You can't rewrite history, all the many quotes and tweets that are already out there." (3/16/17)
  • Feb 10, 2017

    Source: The Washington Post

    "The court can't abdicate responsibility in the face of fear-filled words like 'terrorism' or terms of deference like 'national security.' These are, of course, important interests, but you have to have substance behind the words," Fan told The Post.

    "You can't just play upon these fears without giving the court a substantial reason to justify extreme exercises of power," Fan said. "The Trump administration made the 9th Circuit's job easier in the sense that they were so extreme in what they claimed about unreviewability that they made themselves into a straw man easy to knock down." (2/10/17)

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