Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
On Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order to provide further guidance to DHS on enforcing our immigration laws and to suspend entry into the United States certain classes of foreign nationals in order to ensure our immigration system is working in a way that best protects the safety and security of the American public.
As we worked to implement this Executive Order, a number of court orders were issued based on lawsuits filed in the wake of the order. Upon issuance of the court orders, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immediately began taking steps to comply with the orders and did so with professionalism.
Here are some Question and Answers about the Executive Order courtesy of US Customs And Border Protection
- When did enforcement of the Executive Order start?
The Executive Order became effective on January 27, 2017.
- Does this affect travelers at all ports of entry?
Yes, this Executive Order applies to nearly all travelers, except U.S. citizens, traveling on passports from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen who are applying for entry to the United States at any port of entry—air, land or sea.
- How many people are currently detained at Ports of Entry as a result of the Executive Order?
CBP is not currently holding in its custody any individual solely based on the Executive Order. However, at any given time there may be a number of people going through inspection who fall within the scope of the Executive Order. All individuals who arrive in the United States are subject to inspection.
- What do the two exemptions in the Executive Order mean? How are they applied to individual cases?
DHS and State can review individual cases and grant waivers on a case-by-case basis if that individual’s admission to the United States is deemed to be in the national interest and if they do not pose a national security threat.
- What is the process for considering an individual for an exemption under the Executive Order?
Senior DHS personnel can review individual cases and grant exemptions on a case-by-case basis if that individual’s admission to the United States falls within the parameters of the Executive Order. CBP is processing exemptions consistent with the Secretary’s guidance.
- Does “from one of the seven countries” mean citizen, national or born in?
Travelers are being treated according to the travel document they present.
Visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection Information and learn more about how the Executive Order affects you.