On January 27, 2017, Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States made good on his campaign promise and signed a travel ban executive order into law titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Unfortunately, for the president, and the United States, what ensued was mass chaos as people arriving in the United States from one of the travel ban countries were swiftly turned away and returned home, and thousands among thousands of people and lawyers diverged upon airports to protest, offer support, and legal assistance to those being detained at airports.
The travel ban which in essence bans travel to the United States for those departing from Muslim majority countries including Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Somalia. People who are citizens of these countries are banned from entering the United States for a period of 90 days. The purpose of this ban is to protect the nation from foreign terrorists entering into the United States. The ban initially applied to lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders) in the United States but lawful permanent residents are being individually reviewed on a case by case basis.
The rollout of the travel ban has been met swiftly by lawyers for individuals detained at airports throughout the United States. Lawyers setup makeshift law offices at airports and began filing lawsuits against the President among other federal agencies. Judges throughout the United States began to immediately enter Court orders staying the legal effect of certain provisions of the executive order, and requiring the government to permit entry to these people detained at airports. Customs and Border Protection issued a release on its website indicating they are working to comply with all orders entered by Federal Judges. Customs and border protection indicates that entry of lawful permanent residents is in the national interest, and contrary significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, they will be admitted to the United States. As of January 30, 2017, Customs and Border protection indicates that based on the travel ban it has:
- Recommended Denial of Boarding – 721 individuals
- Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) Waivers – 1059 individuals
- Visa holders granted waivers – 75 individuals
What does this mean for you if you happen to be from one of the above countries and you are in the United States? If you are a United States citizen you may be able to travel to your home country and return. However, there does appear to be some confusion at these ports of entry, and by the airlines, and you may not be allowed back to the United States. If you are a green card holder, although they now appear to be allowing green card holders back into the Country, again due to the confusion I would not risk leaving the United States.
Now is the time to apply for permanent residence (Green Card), or Naturalization. The travel ban is in its infancy, and may have no legal effect permanently thanks to a Judge’s orders, or may be re-drafted, re-written, and even passed as law by Congress and the House of Representatives and become permanent law in the United States. To avoid being caught up by the travel ban if you are in the United States on a visa, now is the time to submit your application for a permanent residence (green card). If you are in the United States as a permanent resident, and you qualify, now would be the time to file your application for Naturalization. You must act diligently, and swiftly to obtain protections given to United States Citizens, and permanent residents (green card holders).
At Shupe Dhawan we can help you with all your immigration needs from obtaining a visa, a green card, starting a business, and becoming a United States Citizen. Our team of experienced attorneys have over 20 years of experience and take great pride in the quality litigation and transactional representation we deliver. You place your trust in us and we make sure that we go the extra mile to get you the best possible result! Make an appointment for your legal consultation today.
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