Executive Orders and Agency Memos Affecting U.S. Immigration


Executive Orders and Federal Agency Memos:

April 18, 2017  Buy American and Hire American  (details below relate to the “hire American” section of the EO)
  • Commits the executive branch to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad”
  • Calls on the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Labor, and Justice to “as soon as practicable, and consistent with applicable law, propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of United States workers in the administration of our immigration system, including through the prevention of fraud or abuse”
  • Calls on the same agencies to “as soon as practicable, suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries”  
March 6, 2017  Protecting the Nation…..
  • Revokes and replaces executive order #13769.  Effective date March 16, 2017.
  • Bars entry to the U.S for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen
  • Removes Iraq from the original list of countries
  • Affects only people now outside the U.S. and without a current U.S. visa
  • Exempts U.S. lawful permanent residents regardless of country of birth or citizenship
  • Exempts dual nationals presenting a passport that is not from one of the six countries identified in the order
February 20, 2017 Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
  • Further analysis will be posted soon
February 20, 2017 Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest
  • Does not affect DACA students

13769: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (currently on hold through the courts)

  • 90 day ban on visa issuance and entry to the U.S. for nationals from 7 countries
  • Visa revocation for U.S. visa stamps in passports of the designated countries (even if now in the U.S)
  • The waiver of visa interviews for persons seeking the second or subsequent visa is repealed. Now all visa applications may have interviews.
  • 120 day ban on the admissions of refugees to the U.S.
  • Permanent ban on refugees from Syria

13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

  • Changing priorities for deportations
  • Proposal to de-fund “sanctuary cities”
  • Sharing more information about visitors to the U.S. with the government

13767: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

  • Proposal to expand the southern border wall
  • Increase Department of Homeland Security staff

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