Trump’s Executive Orders

January 28, 2017 § 1 Comment

Within his first week in office, President Trump has signed three executive orders that will immediately have a heavy impact on U.S. immigration law.  The following provisions are among the most controversial:

  • Significantly expand upon the enforcement authority of immigration officials to seek out, fine, detain and remove undocumented individuals;
  • Construction of the southern wall along the U.S.- Mexico border;
  • Institute 30-day suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for nationals from certain countries.  As of the evening of January 27, 2017, these countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, with the possibility of more countries being added to this list;
  • Institute 90-day suspension the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, with the possibility of more countries being added to this list;
  • Institute 120-day suspension of the U.S.Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), including an indefinite suspension of the entry of nationals of Syria;
  • Immediate suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program, thereby requiring all non-immigrant foreign nationals to go through a visa interview.

The consequences of these actions will be severe and wide-spread.  As immigration officials scramble to keep up with the implementation of these directives, foreign nationals who are stateside or are traveling abroad are urged to exercise the utmost caution and to either return to the U.S. as soon as possible or to cancel any immediate international travel plans.

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