Federal judges in Hawaii and in Maryland issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban. This ruling means that travelers from six Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen) and refugees will be able to travel to the United States.
According to the Washington Post, “U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson declared that ‘a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.'”
Please note that the ruling doesn’t affirmatively allow travelers from those countries entrance into the U.S.; rather, it doesn’t categorically deny them access. In light of this, advice from the attorneys at Global Immigration Associates, Envoy’s affiliated law firm, remains that if you are in the U.S. and from one of those six countries, you should still attempt to stay here for at least the next 90 days. The executive order only covers those specific nations, so if you are not from one of those six, you should not be impacted by the ban. In general, we are seeing longer processing times at the airports so be prepared for long waits and ensure you have the proper documentation.
This story is still breaking so we will continue to monitor and update with any other news or recommendations.