Seattle lawsuit challenges bar on entry of refugee’s family

SEATTLE (AP) — A Somali refugee living in Washington state is asking a federal judge to let his wife and young children join him in the U.S., saying President Donald Trump has unlawfully blocked them from entering.

In a motion late Monday in federal court, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington said the man fled civil war as a child and spent 22 years in refugee camps in Kenya. He arrived in the U.S. in 2014.

The ACLU says his wife and children have undergone extensive screenings and have been waiting for their travel to be scheduled, but they’ve been caught up in the administration’s travel bans.

While courts have put the latest travel ban on hold, the administration has also indefinitely stopped allowing the overseas families of refugees to join them in the U.S. The ACLU says that under U.S. immigration law, refugees in the U.S. have a right to have their families join them.