It’s nearly impossible to watch the news or read a newspaper without hearing or seeing a mention of President Trump’s Travel Ban, also known as Order 13769. But what is it? What does it entail? And why was it created in the first place. First and foremost, it was created to keep terrorist entities from entering the United States from countries with known terrorist ties.
Executive Order 13769 lowered the number of refugees to be admitted into the United States in 2017 to 50,000, suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days, suspended the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, directed some cabinet secretaries to suspend entry of those whose countries do not meet adjudication standards under U.S. immigration law for 90 days, and included exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Homeland Security lists these countries as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. More than 700 travelers were detained, and up to 60,000 visas were “provisionally revoked”.
In a nut shell those seven countries were chosen because they had previously been flagged as “countries of concern” for terrorism by the Obama administration. In December 2015 Obama signed into law a measure placing some restrictions on certain travelers from Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria. A couple of months later, Libya, Somalia and Yemen were added. Trump’s order is more broad than Obama’s, though, banning all citizens from those seven nations from entering the country for three months.
The ban was put in place to not just protect American citizens living in the US, but to protect everyone that is in the US from known terrorist harboring countries. However, this has greatly effected immigration as many families have been torn apart and separated. If you have or your family have been effected, call the Law Offices of Rachel Rado today at 617-871-6030.