On Friday, Jan. 27th, President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order ‘PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES.’
The order calls for a temporary 90-day suspension of immigrants from 7 countries, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. This excludes foreign nationals who have diplomatic visas,
as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas. Within these 90 days the Secretary of State will
require these countries to provide the United States with information regarding immigrants that they are not currently providing.
In addition, this order will suspend the U.S Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. This will give the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, and Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, time to review the current application process. They will assess what they believe needs to be added to further improve our national security.
The executive order only aFFects non-U.S. citizens; therefore, a natural born or naturalized citizen is
not affected. A U.S. citizen returning from one of these seven countries can still be subject to questioning upon their return.
“I would suspect that if you’re an American citizen traveling back and forth to Libya, you’re likely to be subjected to further questioning when you come into an airport,” said Reince Preibus, White House chief of sta , in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.
On Thursday Feb. 9, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trumps executive order indefinitely suspending the executive order. The decision was unanimous amongst the 3 judges. The 29-page ruling from the 3 judge’s states, “The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”
Trumps Administration seeks to appeal this to the Supreme Court. The supreme court
has been one member short since the death of Antonin Scalia. Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Scalia’s seat. However, it is unlikely that he will be confirmed prior to the appeal date.
Manhattanville College, amongst many other schools, have taken a stance against the order. In an email dispersed to all students, President Michael Geisler addressed the community:
“While we are all sorting through the fallout of the Executive Order, I would advise students, faculty, and sta who are concerned about their visa or immigration status not to leave the country unless necessary, and in particular to try and avoid nonessential travel to the areas named in the ban.”
Also in the email, Geisler, assures students that may be affected that if they are deported, Manhattanville will find ways to allow them to complete their degree. The school also will be scheduling events on campus as a medium to openly discuss this controversial decision.