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

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