Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York issued an order temporarily prohibiting the enforcement of Trump’s Executive Order banning visa holders from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. You can read the ACLU’s motion and the judge’s order of the temporary stay at Mother Jones. This ruling will be in effect until the hearing February 21.
In the meantime, people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan, even those who have visas, green cards, and refugee status, could face problems trying to enter the United States.
If you are currently in the United States, you are from one of these countries, and you have legal status, you should NOT leave the United States.
If you are currently outside the United States, you are from one of these countries, and you have legal permission to enter, you should try to return to the United States as quickly as possible.
Additionally NPR reported a leaked USCIS which would apply the Executive Order to individuals within the US from these countries applying for adjustment of status (Form I-485) to obtain a green card for permanent residence as well as naturalization (Form N-400) to obtain citizenship. If you are considering filing one of these applications and you are from one of the seven countries, or from any other Muslim country, it is advisable to apply for any benefits that you might be eligible for quickly.
This Muslim Ban is shocking and terrible. The people of the Untied States will not stand for it. The fear this is causing in people is sending shockwaves around the world. People fear racism, isolation, and xenophobia, but this is not what we in American stand for.
We stand for truth, compassion, courage, and the belief that anybody who can contribute to the United States deserves a chance to try to become a part of the fabric of our society.
Additionally the United States has a democratic system of government, with checks and balances, to allow judges to do the right thing and make decisions under the law about executive orders that violate Due Process.
We, the people of the United States, will fight these discriminatory and anti-American executive orders. If you want to assist to fight this cause, please support the ACLU or the American Immigration Council.
If you or a loved one needs immigration assistance, do not hesitate to contact us at Alcorn Immigration Law. We can help immigrants anywhere inside or outside the United States facing any of these issues.