On Friday, January 27, 2017, United States President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order restricting travel from seven majority Muslim nations, “EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES.” Over the next few days this travel ban caused chaos and confusion at U.S. airports as documented legal immigrants were detained, interrogated, and in many cases kept from legal counsel.
While the officials at the White House and Department of Homeland Security released several (sometimes contradictory) statements over the first few days, organizations and volunteer attorneys mobilized to assist the immigrants caught in this snare. Peaceful protests occurred across the nation as community members registered their displeasure for the travel ban.
This article provides information about the travel ban, its impact and the legal challenges surrounding it. Nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were advised to speak with a lawyer before attempting foreign travel.
UPDATE: On Friday, February 3, 2017 Judge James Robart of Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a nationwide injunction on the executive order. Specifically, it temporarily barred the administration from enforcing the 90-day travel ban and the limits on accepting refugees. As a result, legal permanent residents, visa holders, and dual nationality immigrants from the affected countries will no longer be detained from entering the U.S.
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