Immigration Executive Order Update

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Know Your Rights

Worried how new Immigration Executive Orders could affect you and those you know?

Check out our updated “Know Your Rights” immigration pamphlets in English and Spanish pamphlets.

While many parts of the Refugee Travel ban, officially called the “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nations” order, were halted by judicial order, the Supreme Court allowed part of it to go into effect.  The justices will hear the case in October 2017.


The order, as it now stands:

  • Bans entry in the United States (since June 2017) of certain Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen nationals for at least 90 days and suspends admission of all refugees from all countries for 120 days
  • Requires that individuals from the six countries above and refugees who will NOT be excluded and can enter the country are able to show they have a “close familial relationship” with someone already here (only includes immediate family) or have a “formal, documented” relationship with an American entity formed “in the ordinary course” of business
  •  Does NOT revoke Visas already issued. Refugees, regardless of nationality, whose travel was already formally scheduled by the Department of State, or for whom the Department of State has determined that a waiver is warranted under the Executive Order, can enter the United States in the next 120 days. They must still prove a bona fide relationship to be allowed admission
  • Reduces refugee admissions from 110,000 to 50,000 for Fiscal Year 2017
  • During the ban, consular officers/border patrol agents may allow certain people who fit the profile above to enter the country if they can show that denial of entry would cause "undue hardship", they pose no security risks, and it is in the national interest to allow them to enter. There have been reports of enhanced screenings at airports for Iranians, which may continue


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In addition to facts you need to know about the Refugee Travel ban, our free immigration pamphlets provide updates on:

  • Border Security & Immigration Enforcement
  • Public Safety Enhancements with the U.S.
  • Precautions for Non-Citizens
  • Non Citizens with Arrest Records
  • Legal Documents You Need to Plan Ahead
  • Your Rights During Encounters with Immigration Agents

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