March 14, 2017
Issue: Muslim Ban
Muslim Ban Update – Tuesday, March 14
Current Status of Your Rights
Barring action from a federal court enjoining the revised executive order, starting this Thursday, March 16, individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will generally not be able to enter the United States for at least 90 days.
There are exceptions for lawful permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), travelers who already have a visa, and for dual-nationals with citizenship in a country that is not banned. There is a case-by-case waiver process administered by a consular officer or the United States Customs and Border Protection Commissioner.
Barring action from a federal court enjoining the revised executive order, starting this Thursday, March 16, refugees from any countries will generally not be admitted for 120 days. Refugees who already are scheduled to enter the country will be allowed to do so and there is a case-by-case waiver process administered by Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security.
While Iraq has been removed from the list of banned countries in the revised executive order, the order does call for extreme vetting and additional inquiries for Iraqi nationals seeking entry into the United States. Given the lack of clarity on these new procedures, Iraqi nationals are strongly advised to speak with an immigration attorney before traveling to or from the U.S.
The most important thing for people traveling to or from or who have strong connections to banned countries is to be prepared and to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling. Click here for more in-depth community guidance on your rights.
Status of the Ban
The Trump Administration rescinded its original ban and, barring action from a federal court enjoining the revised executive order, it will not go into effect until Thursday, March 16. Various pending lawsuits on the original ban are still in working their way through the courts; in addition, new legal actions have been filed challenging the revised executive order. Muslim Advocates is actively monitoring the situation, and will provide updates in the upcoming days.
What Happens Next
Barring action from a federal court enjoining the revised executive order, the revised executive order goes into effect on Thursday, March 16. Legal challenges to the original and revised executive orders are ongoing and more are expected.
What You Can Do Now
- Join an airport protest against the Muslim ban on Thursday, March 16.
- Contact your senator using Organizing for Action’s online call tool and demand that they oppose the Muslim ban.
- Follow Muslim Advocates on Facebook and Twitter and share our content about the Muslim ban.
- Learn about the Town Hall events in your area using the Town Hall Project, and show up to talk with your elected officials about opposing the ban.
- In-depth community guidance on the ban.
- Updated fact sheet on the ban.
- Muslim Advocates amicus brief in Hawaii lawsuit against the ban.
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