Executive Order Restricts Travel from Select Countries


On Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order stating that refugees will no longer be permitted to enter the United States. Protests sparked across the country, demanding that refugees be let in. Terrorism rates having gripped much of the country, many have asked, “Is this the promised Muslim ban?” To this, Trump has replied that this is not a ban.

 He has emphasized that the purpose of the order was to protect the U.S. from terrorist attacks. Many critics have pointed out that the order does not include any country of origin for any Muslims who have killed Americans since September 11, 2001. In addition, that the ban also fails to include any of the countries that Trump has investments in. 

 Members of Trump’s cabinet will review information required for people who come from these countries. It states that the countries included will have tightened security evaluations in order to enter the U.S. However, as the order was issued, travelers with recently achieved visas were detained, prompting further protests nationwide. Eventually, Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, NY issued a temporary restraining order because of the “irreparable harm” caused by this order. 

Implementation of the order includes identification of individuals entering the U.S. from the countries listed, and will involve a standard screening, in-person interviews and the “extreme vetting” that Trump proposed in his presidential campaign. It will be put into place within 60 days of the original order, with a second report 100 days later, and a third one 200 days after the start of the ban. Currently, refugees are going through a lengthy questioning and screening process that could take up to two years.

 The Secretary of Homeland Security will put this order into place, then report back on the status of its effectiveness. This order suspends the Visa Interview Waiver Program in hopes of smoothing the overall implementation.

 Similarly, non-immigrant visas will be re-inspected in order to ensure that those entering the US are safe to the American people, through adjusting the applicable validity period, fee schedule, and other treatment.

 In an effort to provide transparency in order to serve the national interest, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security will publish found info for the US Citizens. Whereas, those accused of terroristic motivations or engaged in terrorism-related acts or support terrorist organizations, this order resolves that the newly appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will, “provide a report on the estimated long-term costs of the USRAP at the Federal, State, and local levels.”

The order concludes that the general provisions will not affect the powers of executive agencies, and will not create rights or procedures, “enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.”

Although America’s founders were pro-immigration, this order makes clear the way that since then, there has been a growing paranoia of those entering the country. However, because the order has room to grow, people across the United States will have to wait to see the full extent of the impacts of this immigration order.


​”Trump’s Executive Order On Immigration, Annotated.” NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

​Adam Liptak. “President Trump’s Immigration Order, Annotated.”https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/politics/annotating-trump-immigration-refugee-order.html. The New York Times, 28 Jan. 2017. Web. 6 Feb. 2017

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