Thursday, March 16, 2017
President Trump’s revised executive order limiting the scope of the U.S. refugee resettlement program and temporarily halting travel for certain noncitizens from six designated countries already is running into legal hurdles, even as it was taking effect today.
A new issue brief from the Migration Policy Institute examines the major provisions of the executive order signed March 6, which rescinded and replaced a much-contested executive order the President had signed in January, just days after taking office. The brief, by MPI Associate Policy Analyst Sarah Pierce and Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, compares the new executive order to the earlier one, as well as to prior policy and practice.
It is the latest in a series of briefs and commentaries examining the Trump administration’s recent policy changes with regards to immigration and refugee policy, including a commentary providing statistics and further detail on immigrants from the designated countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), and examining the historical precedent for nationality-specific exclusions.
All of these resources can be accessed here. In the coming days we’ll publish an issue brief examining the executive order regarding border enforcement, so we invite you to check back.