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Immigration - Executive Order January 28, 2017

posted Feb 1, 2017, 11:24 AM by Nick Talwar
The President signed a new executive order on January 28, 2017 with immediate effect.  The Order call for the immediate suspension of travel to and from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for any visa category, and possibly including permanent residents.  The suspension is to last 90 days and may be extended or modified.  The list of countries may also be amended.

The Order also suspended for a period of 120 days the acceptance of Refugees from anywhere.  Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

Why did the President do this?  He says because of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, the US needs to review and revise its visa process.  The suspension will ease the administrative burden of the different agencies/departments, so that they may conduct the visa review.  

What is the immigrant to do.  Well, your particular response may depend on where and how you came to the US.  

Does the President have the legal authority to do this?  Maybe, the Courts are still deciding this matter.  But most probably, yes.  Because the President is acting under the national sovereignty and foreign relations.  He generally has broad powers to act.  The only question is whether discrimination will be tolerated.

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