President Trump’s New Executive Order on Immigration
President Trump yesterday morning signed a revised travel ban, which bars the issuance of new visas for people from six of the seven originally listed Muslim-majority countries; Iraq was excluded from this executive order. The ban, which is set to take effect on March 16, also suspends the U.S. refugee program for three months, while reducing the cap on refugees to be admitted this year from 110,000 to 50,000.
Who is affected by the revised order?
With the exception of Iraq, the targets of the new order remain the same: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The administration seems to have considered concerns raised about the original ban in federal courts last month, as the following additional changes were implemented:
The order will not affect American citizens or lawful permanent residents from countries outside of the six included.
The table below summarizes the scope of the executive order.
Impacted by the Revised Order
NOT Impacted by the Revised Order
Accompanying the revised order were implementation guidelines issued in an executive memorandum to the Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Attorney General.
Despite the implications of the travel ban, it is necessary to consider what the text explicitly says and doesn’t. While the six countries included in the revised order are indeed Muslim-majority, there is no direct mention of the Islamic faith. Instead, the order focuses on country-specific details to justify each of the six nations’ inclusion. Further, the president effectively took into account the ramifications of prioritizing certain religious groups in his original order, and accordingly did not single out any faith groups in his revised ban.
Stories in the news that garner the most attention are often the most extreme. For every one article about anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant bias, there are countless untold episodes of interfaith inclusion, and strength in and support of diversity. This is not to say that those who consider the revised order discriminatory, at worst, or unnecessary, at best, are mistaken. (We, for one, identify with the statement issued by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.) Rather, we write this to remind readers of the centrality of freedom of religion in this country, of the indelible legacy of immigration in our shared histories, and of the generosity of spirit and openness of the majority of Americans.
Zhang & Associates continues to believe that the U.S. strongly benefits from immigration. And the data reflect this. Over the past two decades, we’ve successfully facilitated the shared dream of thousands of people, irrespective of their religious or national backgrounds: to come to this country to work, to learn, and, in some cases, to start a new life in a new home here. We will continue this mission, and thereby do our part to ensure that the U.S. remains a proud nation of immigrants. Our clients, whether past, current, or future, should know that we stand to ready to assist all people, from anywhere, in their desire to become lawful, productive, and cherished members of American society.
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