By Khorri Atkinson (February 24, 2022, 8:30 PM EST) — A D.C. federal judge sympathized Thursday with the Biden administration’s claim that the buildup to the Russia-Ukraine conflict complicated the processing of diversity visas, but she also criticized the government for trying to lower the bar for winning a stay of her order instructing the State Department to process and issue nearly 1,000 delayed visas by the end of September.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan spoke during a hearing conducted remotely on the government’s bid for a stay pending appeal of her October 2021 preliminary injunction order to issue the delayed diversity visas by Sept. 30. Judge Chutkan sympathized with the State Department’s contention that her ruling…
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