There are 15 posts in the 2017 EXECUTIVE ORDERS category

Today the U.S. Takes a Step Backwards with Trump’s Move to End DACA

Today, the Trump administration fulfilled its campaign pledge to repeal DACA, allowing the President to make a grand gesture to his core supporters, at the expense of 800,000 children and young adults. During a press conference today at 11am EST, President Trump, through U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced that DACA will be rescinded, and […]

Settlement Reached in Travel Ban Case Now Allows Individuals Denied Entry to Reapply for Visas

After months of litigation, a settlement agreement was reached yesterday in the case of Darweesh et al. vs. Trump, one of the key cases in the ongoing litigation over the travel ban. The case stemmed from President Trump’s first executive order issued on January 27, 2017, where the plaintiff, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Iraqi national, […]

USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process Starting October 1

On Friday (August 25th), a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokesperson confirmed that, starting October 1, 2017, in-person interviews will be required for certain immigrants adjusting status from an employment-based visa (e.g.: H-1B, TN, L-1B) to that of a lawful permanent resident. Context This in-person interview requirement is not completely new. It is currently […]

UPDATE: Department of State Releases Guideline for Travel Ban Implementation

*NOTE* This is a developing story. The below is based on information issued by the Department of State. Other agencies involved in immigration, specifically Customs and Border Protection, have not yet announced how they will be implementing the travel ban. We will provide updates as information becomes available. Following the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, to […]

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Case and Allows Limited Travel Ban to Take Effect

Today, June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the blocking of the Trump Administration’s travel ban by lower courts. The Justices will hear the case on its merits during the first session of the next term, which starts this October. The Supreme Court partially lifted injunctions by the lower courts and now allows […]

White House Considers NAFTA Withdrawal

Today in the White House, the H-1B program reform takes a backseat as the administration discusses a potential withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). White House officials indicated that the administration is currently working on an executive order, which may be released in the upcoming weeks, and would serve to notify the […]

Federal Judge in Hawaii Blocks Travel Ban Indefinitely – Extending Prior Order

On Wednesday, Hawaii U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson indefinitely halted President Trump’s revised travel ban. This decision is an extension of the Judge’s temporary restraining order issued on March 15th. President Trump’s revised travel ban sought to prevent citizens of six predominantly Muslim,  countries from entering the US.  In issuing this order indefinitely suspending the […]

U.S. Secretary of State Issues Directives for Stricter Visa Screening

In a series of diplomatic cables, or memos, that were recently released, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. Consulates worldwide to immediately identify “[visa] applicant populations warranting increased scrutiny” and to tighten visa screening for members of those populations. Secretary Tillerson has also ordered that all visa applicants who may have ties […]

Breaking News: U.S. District Court Judge in Hawaii Issues a Nationwide Hold on Key Aspects of President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

In response to a lawsuit brought by the State of Hawaii, a U.S. District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) today against President Trump’s revised travel ban, just hours before the ban was set to take effect. The revised travel ban, which was issued by President Trump on March 6, 2017, seeks to […]