The Trump Executive Orders on immigration and refugees:  opening a thread and sources of information

There will be much to report about Donald Trump’s Executive Orders relating to immigration enforcement and refugees over the coming weeks and months.

Receiving most attention at the moment are the literally dozens of court cases challenging the ban on the admission of persons from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspension of the U.S. refugee program. Yesterday, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a decision by a Seattle, Washington district court granting a nationwide Temporary Restraining Order that suspended enforcement of these aspects of one of the Executive Orders.

Beyond these court cases, the three Executive Orders raise a multitude of other legal and policy issues. These include: a more than 50% reduction in overall refugee admissions for the current fiscal year (from the 110,000 set by President Obama to 50,000) and instructions to federal departments to impose mandatory detention policies for persons attempting illegal entry to the U.S., to construct a physical wall at the southwest border and to withdraw federal funds to “sanctuary” cities and counties.

The Executive Orders can be found here:

  1. Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (Jan. 25, 2017)
  2. Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements (Jan. 25, 2017)
  3. Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (Jan. 27, 2017)

The University of Michigan Law School has created a website that includes the legal papers in the cases related to the Executive Orders.

And the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program has issued a detailed report on the impact of the Orders on asylum-seekers in the United States.

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2 thoughts on “The Trump Executive Orders on immigration and refugees:  opening a thread and sources of information

  1. Pingback: President Trump’s Immigration ban: Unlawful Executive Orders and Bureaucratic Resistance | Forced Migration Forum

  2. Pingback: Read the concurring and dissenting opinions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals | Forced Migration Forum

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