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Law forum on immigration Feb. 3. (Gonzaga Law School photo)

Gonzaga Law School to Hold Public Forum on Travel Bans, Executive Orders


Next week Gonzaga University School of Law will host a community forum on President Donald Trump’s immigration order to restrict travel from seven largely Muslim countries and suspend refugee entry into the United States.

According to a press release, faculty experts in the areas of constitutional law, immigration, refugees and asylum, and international law will address the legal issues surrounding the executive order, including status of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ Feb. 9 decision refusing to reinstate Trump’s ban. The three-judge panel declined to block a ruling from U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle that suspended the ban.

The free event begins at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom.

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Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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