[UPDATE] Revised Executive Order Imposing Travel and Refugee Ban

By:  Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq. and Joseph Barnett, Esq.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) has released a summary and analysis of President Trump’s revised Executive Order on immigration called “Protecting the National from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”

Unlike the earlier executive order blocked in U.S. federal courts, the revised order provides a list of exceptions and waivers that would allow foreign nationals of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen to enter the United States.  AILA has provided a helpful chart which summarizes the key exceptions and waivers:

Yesterday, the State of Hawaii asked a federal court to allow it to file an amended complaint that details allegations against the revised Executive Order.  Should the motion be granted, the State of Hawaii will ask the court to temporarily block the implementation of section 2 (temporary suspension of entry for nationals from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) and section 6 (suspension of U.S. Refugee Admissions Program) of the Executive Order, on the basis that it violates the U.S. Constitution, the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act.  Though the Trump Administration had crafted the revised order to specifically withstand legal challenges, the State of Hawaii has argued it that is still essentially a Muslim ban and continues to hurt the ability of its state businesses and universities to recruit top talent and damages the financial interests of the state by limiting tourism, a key economic industry.

Additionally, recent research into consumer airfare searches for flights to the U.S. originating from 122 other countries has shown that there has been an overall adverse impact on demand for travel, with 103 of the countries showing a drop of 22%.  China is among the largest drops, more than 40% down.

We will continue to provide updates on items surrounding the revised Executive Order.

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