Dear UnLocal Supporter,
Who is barred from entering the United States?
President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on Monday laying out a new travel ban following widespread rebuke from the public and judiciary of his previous one. The new ban will take effect at 12:01am on March 16th. Here are some details on the revised ban:
- Foreign nationals who are outside the US from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen (without any valid visa) for 90 days. Iraq was exempt from this new order after intense pressure from lobbyists.
Who is exempt from the ban?
- All refugees for 120 days. In addition, the Trump administration has reduced the total number of refugees to be admitted to the United States in 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000.
- Legal permanent residents (green card holders)
- Current visa holders -- "any individual who had a valid visa either on January 27, 2017 (prior to 5 p.m.) or holds a valid visa on the effective date of the Executive Order is not barred from entry," according to the DHS
How are states responding to the new order?
- Dual nationals -- "The Executive Order exempts from its scope any dual national of one of the six countries when the individual is traveling on a passport issued by a different non-designated country," according to the DHS.
- Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson once again asked a federal judge to block the new Executive Order on Thursday, claiming that “current motivations are no different than the first time around” coming out of the Trump administration.
A Note on Refugees:
- Attorneys general from Massachusetts, New York and Oregon confirmed Thursday that they are also planning to join the lawsuit in Seattle.
- According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the United States has resettled 784,000 refugees since September 11, 2001. In those 14 years, exactly three resettled refugees have been arrested for planning terrorist activities—and it is worth noting that "two were not planning an attack in the United States and the plans of the third were barely credible." None of these three refugees originated from any of the 6 banned countries.
- To find more statistics from MPI on immigration into the US, click here.
Make no mistake, this new Executive Order retains the same regressive, anti-immigrant attitude as its predecessor. Keep an eye out for further communication from the UnLocal team as we monitor this and the implementation of other immigration-related Executive Orders.