2017 EOs

New EO Signed Today (March 6)

posted Mar 6, 2017, 1:55 PM by William M. Stevens   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 2:04 PM ]

The Executive Order signed today by President Trump addresses concerns about security.

The new order applies only to foreign nationals outside of the United States who do not have a valid visa. It is important to note that nothing in this executive order affects current lawful permanent residents or persons with current authorization to enter our country.

The new order imposes a temporary pause on the entry of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, subject to categorical exceptions and case-by-case waivers, as described in section 3 of the order. Iraq is also affected by the order.

Further, the new order instructs DHS, DOJ, and DOS to implement uniform screening and vetting standards. The order requires the agencies to report to the President on progress in the uniform standards at 60, 100, and 200 days from now. It is impossible to be certain what effect this will have, but a likely possibility is a more rigorous (and slower) screen process for immigration cases. 

To read the executive order, please visit the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

For more information about DHS and the executive order, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/executiveorders

9th Circuit Decision Prompts Trump Team to Write New EO

posted Feb 16, 2017, 12:05 PM by William M. Stevens

With the decision by the US 9th Circuit to uphold the TRO on Trumps January 27th EO, the white house has begun crafting a new order, one expected to comply with procedural due process.

The 9th Circuit's decision was based primarily on the lack of due process in the January 27 EO, especially where the court found that the EO violated the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. Without getting into the argument of what part of a visa is life, liberty, or property, the 9th Circuit reiterated that the courts do have the power to review executive actions, and that persons in the US are protected under the due process clause.

Watch for a new order to be release in the coming days.

Will It Be Harder to Immigrate Now?

posted Feb 6, 2017, 12:36 PM by William Stevens

Many  people are asking "will things change?" and "will it be harder to immigrate?" 

Possibly. For some people.

The Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Order gave clear instructions to all agencies "to employ all lawful means to ensure the faithful execution of the immigration laws of the United States against all removable aliens." For anyone else (those with valid visas or valid entry) things are likely to stay as is. It is too soon to tell for certain, but nothing published thus far indicates any significant departure from previous expectations. Remember, an Executive Order exists only within the context of existing law, and it is only Congress that creates laws.

The full text of the Jan. 25 order is attached.


Who Can Travel (or Enter the U.S.)

posted Feb 6, 2017, 12:22 PM by William Stevens   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 12:24 PM ]

As of today, February 6, 2017, there are _no_ special restrictions on entry to the U.S.  The Jan. 27 ban on entry from the 7 restricted countries has been temporarily placed on hold. The USDOJ is preparing to challenge that hold, but no one knows when or if the hold will be removed. I will post more as soon as updates are available.

The 7 countries: Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and Syria.

When the restrictions were put on place, only the 7 countries were impacted. All other countries were business as usual. If the restrictions go back in place, they will only apply to those 7 countries.

So, there are no _special_ restrictions on anyone from Jordan, Egypt, Israel, UAE, Indonesia, Turkey, or any place else. Now, I say no _special_ restrictions, but, all the usual screen still applies. Put another way, the consulates and CBP are doing what they always do, and exactly what they were doing before January 27th.

Keeping reading here for more news and updates.

The Jan 27 Executive Order is attached to this post.

Keeping Up With the 2017 Executive Orders and Their Effects

posted Feb 6, 2017, 12:08 PM by William Stevens

There has been so much activity and so many questions on the Executive Orders issued by President Trump, that I am starting a separate announcement page for all things related to Trump and Immigration. If you have questions, feel free to call the office and ask, or comment here. I will post as often as practicable.

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