On March 6, 2017, President Trump re-issued his immigration executive order that halts all refugee admissions for at least 120 days and suspends immigrant and non-immigrant visa adjudications banning entry entry into the United States for nationals of six Muslim-majority countries. This new order will effective March 16, 2017.
This executive order suspends immigrants and nonimmigrants adjudications from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen (and excludes Iraq) from entering the United States for at least 90 days. The order includes explicit language of the possibility that other countries may be added.
The new executive order also includes a section on waivers, noting that a consular officer may decide on a “case-by-case basis” to greenlight a visa. The waiver procedure is not clear, but it has been reported that the process for getting a waiver will involve just discussing one’s case with a consular officer during a visa interview. Department of States issued a statement clarifying that people who are in the U.S. when the executive order goes into effect on Thursday March 16th, will not need a waiver to renew an expired visa later is they travel abroad.
The "revised" version does not explicitly ban Muslims, but in practice the new restrictions will do just that for many. “Regardless of the administration’s efforts to clean up the language in this latest version of the President’s travel ban, it continues to unlawfully discriminate against people because of their religion, nationality or country of birth,” said Matt Adams, legal director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. “The President continues to discriminate against people, including babies and children, labeling them as threats to our national security—not because of anything they have done—but instead because of where they were born.”
The States of Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon renewed their effort to block President Donald Trump's revised temporary ban arguing that his executive order is the same as the first one that was halted by federal courts. On March 10, 2017, three immigrants rights groups (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, American Immigration Council, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild) amended the nationwide class action lawsuit, Ali v. Trump
, pending before U.S Federal Court of the Western District of Washington. The same day, a Wisconsin federal judge blocked enforcement of this executive order to prevent a processing delay with asylum petitions for the family of a Syrian refugee in the United States.