01 Feb President Trump Executive Order and Chaos
Edited by Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano
In response to President Trump Executive Order, everyone is cautioned to travel outside the United States or they may get into trouble in returning home especially to the citizens of the seven countries specified by the order. Even if you are not a citizen of the seven countries and you have visited one of the countries before coming to the U.S. you will be subjected to secondary inspection.
President Trump’s executive order on immigration indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The order unleashed chaos on the immigration system and in airports in the United States and overseas, and prompted protests and legal action.
Here is a quick guide to what we know and what we don’t know about the order.
What We Know
The executive order was signed at 4:42 p.m. Eastern on Friday, January 27, 2017.
The order does not affect naturalized United States citizens from the seven named countries.
After the order was signed, students, visitors and green-card-holding legal permanent United States residents from the seven countries — and refugees from around the world — were stopped at airports in the United States and abroad, including Cairo, Dubai and Istanbul. Some were blocked from entering the United States and were sent back overseas.
Thousands of people protested the executive order in cities across the country on Saturday, many of them at airports. Those protests continued on Sunday, and a large rally was held outside the White House.
On Saturday night, a federal judge in Brooklyn blocked part of Mr. Trump’s order, saying that refugees and others being held at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. But the judge stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.
Federal judges in three states — Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington — soon issued similar rulings to stop the government from removing refugees and others with valid visas. The judge in Massachusetts also said the government could not detain the travelers.
On Sunday morning, the Department of Homeland Security said it would comply with the rulings while it continued to enforce all of the president’s executive orders. “Prohibited travel will remain prohibited,” it said in a statement.
Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, said on Sunday that green card holders from the seven banned countries would not be prevented from returning to the United States “going forward.” That appeared to be a reversal from one of the order’s key components.
Mr. Priebus also said that border agents had “discretionary authority” to subject any travelers, including American citizens, to additional questioning and scrutiny if they had been to any of the seven countries mentioned in the executive order.
United States Customs and Border Protection instructed airlines to stop passengers from the banned countries from boarding flights and to remove any who had already done so. Airline crew members from the seven named countries were also barred from the United States, it said.
An official message was sent to American diplomatic posts around the world instructing them to immediately stop visa interviews for citizens of the seven banned countries and to halt the processing or printing of any pending visas.
The order was widely condemned by Democrats, religious groups, business leaders, immigration policy experts, academics and others, but was praised by some Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and supporters of Mr. Trump.
Note: This is not a legal advice.
- On January 7, 2017, we received an approval of Provisional Waiver for a client who entered as crewman but has two autistic children.
- On December 28, 2016, we received an approval of adjustment of status for a client who entered without inspection but has Sec. 245(i).
- On December 21, 2016, we received an approval of I-601A waiver for a seaman to qualify to apply for green card
- On December 19, 2016, we received an approval of petition by a Dental office for green card.
- On December 15, 2016, we received an approval of adjustment of status for a client who entered without inspection with Sec. 245(i).
- On December 14, 2016, we received an approval of naturalization for a client who had a bigamy case seven years ago.
- On December 10, 2016, we received approval of adjustment of status for a client who been denied a green card before.
- On November 16, 2016, we received an approval of provisional waiver I-601A after proving extreme hardship to spouse.
- On October 21, 2016, we received an approval of N-400 naturalization for a client who has child support and tax debts issues by submitting documents proving good faith compliance.
- On October 20, 2016, we received an approval from USCIS for adjustment of status for a client who has hearing disability.
- On September 12, 2016, we received an approval from Immigration Court for a waiver of misrepresentation for a client who entered as single but actually married at date of entry.
- On September 1, 2016, we received an approval of naturalization from USCIS for two clients who has unpaid taxes but with IRS agreement.
- On August 11, 2016, we received an approval from USCIS of a green card based on employment without any interview.
- On July 29, 2016, we received an approval of Naturalization from USCIS for an alien who has an approved waiver for entering as single but actually married.
- On July 21, 2016, we received an approval of Naturalization from USCIS for an alien who has an approved waiver for using a different name.
- On July 11, 2016, we received an approval of I-360 self petition by abused spouse from USCIS.
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