Executive Order on Immigration

 
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 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, and 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.

On Monday, March 6, President Trump signed a new executive order on immigration. His revised travel ban drops Iraq from the list of banned countries and clarifies that the order does not apply to people with visas or Greencard holders (Legal Permanent Residents). It maintains the 120 day suspension of the nation’s refugee program.

Gov. Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. Habib, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson condemned the new executive order. On Thursday, March 9, Attorney General Ferguson announced that his office will request the same federal judge, Judge Robart, affirm that the suspension of the first travel ban applies to the revised order.

On Wednesday, March 15, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a ruling that put the Trump administration’s revised travel ban on hold. The Trump Administration filed a notice to appeal the ruling on Saturday, March 18.

Lt. Gov. Habib urges those affected by the ban to continue to reach out to the Office of the Lt. Governor, and his staff will work to connect residents with services.

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, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It bans all refugees for 120 days.

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.

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NEWS UPDATES

Trump administration files notice to appeal ruling blocking travel ban | CNN 
A Judge in Hawaii Just Blocked Trump’s Travel Bam Nationwide | TIME 
Washington state will ask judge to apply ruling on first travel ban to new order | The Washington Post
Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas | The Washington Post
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.