Late last week, President Trump had signed an executive order on immigration that has caused a major uproar throughout the country. But what does this executive order mean really? And how does affect U.S. immigrants?
First, let’s explain what the executive order says. It restricts immigration from seven countries that have a majority of people who practice the Muslim religion. They are as follows: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen. Immigrants from these countries are not allowed entry to the U.S. in any visa category. This ban also includes immigrants who are not Muslim but come from these countries.
The ban also suspends all refugee admission into the United States for 120 days. It also bans refugees from war-torn Syria from indefinitely coming into the country. At first, the ban included individuals who are permanent residents of the U.S. who had been traveling overseas to visit family or for other reasons. However, a senior official had said green card holder applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
This order also affects those who hold a dual citizenship with one of the seven countries and with another country. For example, if a person is a citizen of both Iraq and Canada, that person may not be allowed into the U.S. under the order. It’s important to note that this order does not affect naturalized U.S. citizens from the seven named countries.
So what does this ban mean to immigrants from other countries? For example, as we know Houston has a very large Mexican immigrant population. In fact, Harris County has the second largest Hispanic population in the United States. Are Mexican immigrants affected by this ban?
According to the order, it should only affect those who come from the seven countries listed. If you are from one of those countries and try to enter the U.S., you will be denied. However, the order says nothing about those from other countries such as Mexico. If you recently traveled to one of those countries, you may experience additional scrutiny when returning to the U.S.
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