Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
The order aims to limit people, whether through visa or as a refugee, from entering the United States by doing the following. Note that right now the Executive Order is in litigation.
- Suspend efforts to provide visas to individuals from certain countries.
- Decide what information is required from the individual’s country before giving out a visa.
- Once a determination is made about the information, require foreign governments not supplying this information to do so.
- The Secretary of Homeland Security or State may offer opinions on which countries should be on the banned list, and who should be taken off.
- Allow for a case-by-case review for individuals that need a visa for certain reasons, such as but not limited to, escaping religious persecution.
- Suspension of the Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) for at least 120 days.
- Once USRAP resumes, claims by people who are of the minority religion of religious persecution will have priority.
- No Syrian refugees allowed indefinitely.
- Only up to 50,000 refugees will be allowed in the fiscal year of 2017.
- Speeded completion of a Biometric Entry-Exit tracking system for all who travel to the United States.
- Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program.
- All individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa must have an in-person interview.