Nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries have been banned from entering the United States. The ban has been made effective by an executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, on January 27. It is a temporary ban, extending to a period of 90 days for immigrants and 120 days for refugees.
Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban in a Nutshell
The countries that have been included under the immigration ban are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. These have been dubbed as “countries of concern” by Trump and his team, following a list of nations posing national security risks in the Visa Waiver Program, under the Obama administration. During the period of the ban, the Department of Homeland Security will review the information provided by citizen of terrorism-heavy countries, who apply for U.S. visa or immigration.
If the information is deemed insufficient by the DHS, they will further place a request with respective countries to make provision for more detailed resident profiles, reported official website of DHS. However, the order has created a certain amount of confusion among authorities tasked with executing the immigration law. One of the points of confusion is what the order means for green card holders and people with dual citizenship.
The confusion was further intensified after the statements made by Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff. Preibus mentioned, at first, that the order would not affect the green card holders. He later retracted his stance. Instead, he stated that it does directly affect green card holders from the categorically banned countries.
Green Card Holders, Dual Citizenship And Refugees
According to CNN, following a federal ruling, it has been determined that green card holders from the banned countries, who already possess valid U.S. visa, will not be removed from American soil. Also, no green card holders have been legally banned from entering the United States after the implementation of the order. However, they now have to go through additional screening procedures at airports and other international terminals.
If one is a permanent citizen of America, entry to the U.S. will not be troublesome. This is regardless of where one is residing at the moment. Complications may arise for people hailing from any of the targeted countries, who have acquired a legal status in America. They are advised to contact one’s lawyer before traveling back to the U.S.
Also, it’s bad news for one’s relatives or friends who have been placed under the Refugee Program. The Refugee Program has been suspended for the next 120 days. When it comes to Syria, the immigration program has been suspended indefinitely. You can read the full text of the policy here.