Summary of Law Impacted by the Immigration Ban

Summary of Executive Orders (issued Jan. 2017)

1) Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

• Expands enforcement priorities and increases support for enforcement

2) Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

• Construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States

3) Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

• Suspends U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for at least 120 days

• Indefinitely bans Syrian refugees from resettling in the United States

• Suspends issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of particular countries and gives DHS authority to add countries

* No action on DACA

Executive Orders: Public Safety, Border Security, and Immigration Enforcement

  • Expansion of enforcement priorities, placing those without valid immigration status at risk of deportation
  • Calls to reinstate “Secure Communities”
  • Increases information-sharing between ICE and state/local law enforcement
  • Plan, design, and construct wall along southern border
  • Increase capacity to detain individuals near border
  • Terminate “catch and release”
  • Expand 287(g) agreements

Summary of Refugee and Travel Ban: Temporary Restraining Order (as of Feb 7, 2017)

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a Temporary Restraining Order that determined:
  • Entry into the U.S. cannot be prohibited by the Executive Order where a person has a current, validly-issued visa.
  • Admission of refugees cannot be prohibited by the Executive Order.
  • Processing of refugee claims and admission of refugees cannot be prioritized based on religion.
  • Syrian refugees cannot be prohibited from being admitted to the U.S.

For More Information

  • Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Hotline: 855-338-2847