On January 27, 2017 President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13769, which included provisions on visa issuance, screening standards, and refugee admittance. Formally titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorists Entry Into the United States”, the order placed a 90-day temporary ban on immigrant and non-immigrant entry into the United States of peoples from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It halted the entry of refugees, singling out Syrians, and reduced the number of admitted refugees to 50,000 for 2017, until additional procedures are put in place to ensure the security and welfare of the United States.
Taking immediate effect the order resulted in individuals, immigrant and refugee, being denied entry or travel into the US, including those already at US airports. The ban has been challenged in court, leaving the order and those affected by it in limbo.
What is the basis for this order? Is it able to achieve its stated objectives? What are the legal arguments in support and against it? Join the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC as we explore the security and foreign policy implications of Executive Order 13769.
Join WAC-DC and our panelists as we explore this topic:
Panelist: Samuel Witten, Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; former Acting Assistant Secretary Population, Refugees and Migration
Panelist: Hon. Michele Bond, former Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
Panelist: Dr. Esther Brimmer, Executive Director & CEO, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Moderator: Steven V. Roberts, Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, School of Media & Public Affairs, The George Washington University
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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
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