Federal courts issue temporary restraining order blocking travel ban which would have restricted individuals from certain countries from entering the U.S.
President Trump signed a Proclamation on 24 September 2017, imposing new indefinite travel restrictions on citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea. The Proclamation also barred entry into the US by certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate families. The travel restrictions were set to take effect in full on 18 October 2017.
On October 17, 2017, Federal District Courts in Hawaii and Maryland issued nationwide orders against enforcement of the Presidential Proclamation. Both judges found that the challengers to the Proclamation were likely to win their claim that the restrictions exceeded the President’s power.
The travel restrictions on certain Venezuelan government officials and on nationals of North Korea remain in place.
To learn more about the Proclamation, please visit our prior alert.
Impact and Recommendations
Citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen can continue to apply for visas and apply for entry into the United States. However, the Trump Administration is expected to appeal the District Court rulings which could lead to the restrictions being enforced.
Nationals of the countries listed still remain subject to higher scrutiny security checks under the Administration’s extreme vetting policies.
Caution is still advised to those from the affected countries, whether they are in the US and seek to travel internationally, or are currently outside the US and will be seeking re-entry. US immigration counsel should be sought before any travel.
For further details, please contact a member of our team.