Executive Order on Immigration

 

UPDATE | President Donald Trump’s executive order has been stayed. Please check the Washington State Attorney General’s website and lawsuit portal for specific updates regarding the case.

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On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily blocking citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., including individuals already qualifying as lawful permanent residents. The seven countries were listed as Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and Sudan.

“I feel this personally, because it could have been my family.”

– Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib

As an Iranian-American and the child of immigrants, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib has publicly condemned the executive order and promised to help individuals affected by it.

In the days since President Trump signed the executive order, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office joined prominent Washington-based businesses Amazon and Expedia filed suit against the Trump administration, requesting a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the order.

On Friday, Feb. 3, a federal judge in Seattle ruled with Washington, blocking key parts of the executive order. While the Trump administration appealed the decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled in favor of the state, upholding Judge Robart’s ruling.

At this point in time, individuals from the seven aforementioned countries are allowed to enter the United States. However, the case may still proceed to a higher court—the decision is far from final.

If the executive order were to be reinstated as-is, the Office of the Lt. Governor will work actively to connect those impacted by the executive order with legal resources and support, and will continue to stand strong in defense of the rights of immigrants and Washington residents who are imperiled by President Trump’s policies.

WHOM DOES THE BAN AFFECT?

Currently, President Trump’s executive order bars anyone from the following countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It bans all refugees for 120 days, and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The ban includes anyone from the above mentioned countries, even if they have a temporary visa that would normally allow them to leave and re-enter the United States like students, visitors/ business travelers, temporary workers, and fiancés of US citizens.

It also includes individuals from the aforementioned countries who have been granted an immigrant visa. Individuals issued immigrant visas do not become legal permanent residents until they arrive in the United States and are issued a green card.

The ban includes all refugees from any country, except members of minority religious groups for whom exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

The ban does not apply to green card holders. US Customs and Immigration has the following language pertaining to green card holders:

“Under the recent guidance from the White House, we will continue to ensure that lawful permanent residents are processed through our borders efficiently. Under that guidance, the Executive Order issued January 27, 2017, does not apply to their entry to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to execute its mission to protect the homeland in its processing of all individuals at ports of entry.”

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NEWS UPDATES

Trump’s revised travel ban reportedly targets same 7 nations, adds green-card exemption | Seattle Times Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss | New York Times
After block of Trump travel ban, Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell adjusts to spotlight | Seattle Times
Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss
Judge in Seattle halts Trump’s immigration order nationwide; White House vows fight | Seattle Times
FAQs on Impact of Immigration Executive Order Suspending Admission to U.S. of Foreign Nationals From Certain Designated Areas | National Law Review
Trump’s Immigration Ban: Who Is Barred and Who Is Not | New York Times
Breaking down the facts on Trump’s immigration order | ABC News
Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know and What We Don’t | New York Times
Trump’s Executive Order On Immigration, Annotated | National Public Radio

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Please click below for specific resources compiled to find help in dealing with situations brought forth by the executive order, including legal assistance:

Resources for Those Affected by Immigration Executive Order>>

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To share personal stories, comments, concerns, and questions, please contact the Lt. Governor’s office in person, by email or phone, at the addresses below:

E-mail | ltgov@ltgov.wa.gov

Phone | 360.786.7700

Mailing Address

Office of the Lt. Governor
PO Box 40400
Olympia, WA 98504-0400

In Person

Office of the Lt. Governor
220 Legislative Building (a.k.a. Capitol building)
416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W. Olympia, Washington

The office is on the second floor at the southeast corner of the building.  Many visitors to the Capitol enter through the automatic door at that corner. If coming this direction, just walk by the gift shop and go right to the corridor, take the next left and a quick right and you’ll see the public elevator and stairs. We’re one story up and to the right.