The Current Status of President Trumps Immigration-Related Executive Order
By: Texas Board Certified Immigration Attorney, Ruby L. Powers
February 8, 2017
On Friday, February 3rd a Federal Judge temporarily suspended key parts of President Trumps Executive Order that banned citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Liby, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) and that banned refugees from Syria.
On Saturday, February 4th a U.S. appeals court denied a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to restore the ban. The Appeals court said that the government’s request for an immediate administrative stay on the decision had been denied. Therefore, while the legality of President Trumps Executive Order is litigated, the temporary restraining order will remain in place.
On February 7th, lawyers from the Department of Justice and Washington State presented oral arguments to a three-judge panel on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is considering the government’s appeal of the federal judge’s order that temporarily prevented the enforcement of the travel ban. The Court of Appeals is expected to have a decision by the end of this week.
The Department of Homeland Security
In accordance with these rulings, the Department of Homeland Security has ordered their personnel to resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure. This includes reversing actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers subject to the Executive Order.
Customs and Border Patrol
Customs and Borer Patrol officials also alerted their personnel that the U.S. government would quickly begin reinstating visas that were previously cancelled, and advised airlines that refugees in possession of U.S. visas will be admitted.
What This Means for You
There is much uncertainty at this moment regarding immigration laws in the United States. So, if you are planning to travel outside of the United States or are currently out of the country, consult an experienced immigration attorney to see how these Orders impact your case.
Educate yourself, and do not sign anything until you know what the document contains. For example, if you are approached by an Official regarding your signature on a Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident, contact an attorney first.
If you have questions or concerns, please call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Sources used: CNN: Homeland Security Suspends Travel Ban; Department of Homeland Security Statement on: Feb. 3 Court Ruling re: the January 27 Executive Order