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