An Executive Order on Immigration was signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017. This Order was put on hold by a judge on February 3, 2017. President Trump signed another Executive Order on Immigration on March 6th, 2017. This Order replaced the first one, and it was also blocked by 2 judges on March 15, 2017. On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that the administration’s entry bans may resume for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and any refugees who do not have demonstrable ties to the United States. The travel ban takes effect on June 29, 2017.
Who is affected?
The travel ban affects nationals from the following countries:
What does this mean?
Refugees and nationals from these 6 muslim majority countries must prove that they have a "bona fide" relationship with a close family member in the US in order to enter the country. Qualifying family members may include:
- Brothers and Sisters
- Children and Stepchildren
The following family members do not qualify under this travel ban:
- Uncles and Aunts
The below resources inform you about your rights in this area of the law.
- Community Alert On Executive Order Regarding Refugees & Country Ban: This page explains the Executive Order and what to do if it affects you.
- New Questions and Answers About DACA Now That Trump Is President: This page has questions and answers about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
- Being detained by Immigration (ICE): This page has information on what to do if you are held by Immigration (ICE). It includes addresses to ICE offices.
- Know Your Rights Amid Harsher Immigration Enforcement: This webinar explains the rights of undocumented immigrants and how to excercise them. This webinar is also available in Spanish
- What all immigrants should know in 2017: This page is in English and Spanish and explains:
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act
- What you should do as an undocumented immigrant
- What to do when faced with anti-Muslim discrimination: This page is in English and Arabic and informs you about:
- The right to wear a hijab
- Rights in the airport
- Your right to religious freedom
- Immi Learning Center: This page has information about:
- How to find legal help
- What to expect in immigration court
- Immigration scams
- ICIRR: A group of over 50 community-based organizations working together to empower the immigrant community in Illinois. While limited legal services are provided, it is not a group of lawyers or a law office.
- Traveler's Assistance Project: This site is a "one-stop shop" to help travelers secure legal help due to the Executive Order.
- Illinois Immigrant Legal Services Directory: If you need legal help, you can put your zip code into the site. It will have a list of lawyers who can help you for cheap or free.
- Survey: Legal groups are trying to get information from people that cannot come back to the United States. If you have been affected or know someone who has, please answer the questions on the website.
- NIJC Ambassador Program Toolkit: A resource for community members who want to be ambassadors for immigrant rights