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(UPDATE) Explaining the US Travel Ban

A Timeline of Events

On 27th of January 2017, the President of the United States issued an executive order banning entry to the US for 90 days by citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order also halted refugees from Syria indefinitely. Several lawsuits have been filed against the ban, and a federal judge has issued a nationwide block, meaning the travel ban doesn’t apply anymore. We provide a timeline of factual travel-related events to provide more insight on the history and current situation regarding the US travel ban.

A Timeline of Events

January 27 – President signs executive order
The President of the United States issues the executive order banning entry to the US by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for up to 90 days. Additionally, the order halts refugees from Syria indefinitely. Details regarding the travel ban were unclear in the beginning, and caused a lot of uncertainty under dual passport and green card holders. More information was being given by officials in the hours after the signing of the executive order.

January 29 – Judge in Massachusetts also issues a temporary restraining order
A federal judge in Massachusetts blocks a part of the order in a case brought by lawyers representing two lawful permanent residents who are college professors. The judge decided that the government could not “detain or remove” those who arrived legally from the seven countries subject to the issued executive order.

February 2 – Government administration eases travel ban restrictions for green card holders
The restrictions of the travel ban are eased in the following days after the signing of the executive order. On February 2nd, the government eased the regulations further and allowed US legal permanent residents from the seven countries to take part in the Global Entry program. The program allows for expedited border clearance for travelers deemed to be low-risk.

February 3 – Judge rules a temporary nationwide restraining order
A Washington state district court judge suspends the ban nationwide with a temporary restraining order. Entry into the US from affected countries resumes.

February 4 – Emergency government appeal
A request of the justice department asking a federal appeals court for an emergency ruling to overturn the Washington state court decision of February 3rd is denied.

February 5 – Government’s request denied
The federal appeals court rejects the US government’s emergency request to resume the ban. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco asked both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes it a final decision.

February 9 – Travel ban remains blocked
A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled against reinstating the travel ban, and the ban has been lifted ever since.

March 6 – Draft of new executive order
After the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the administration drafts a new version of the executive order. This new order would temporarily stop all refugee admissions to the United States. Also, Iraq would not feature on the list of banned countries anymore.

March 15 – Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland put revised Trump travel ban on hold
Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the travel ban, hours before the executive order was to take effect.

March 30 – Federal judge in Hawaii extends ruling halting travel ban indefinitely
A federal judge in Hawaii granted the state’s request for a longer-term halt of the revised travel ban, instead of a limited freeze of the executive order.

We provide this timeline of factual travel-related events to provide more insight on the current situation regarding the US travel ban since it's surrounded by uncertainty and unclear information. Developments concerning the ban followed at a rapid pace, and many travelers and citizens were left in doubt.

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