Exempt visa and green card holders from President Trump's travel ban
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President Trump's executive order, signed at 4:42PM Friday, January 27, 2017, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and blocked for 90 days the entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This ban includes visa and green card holders.
This means, for example, that students studying in the United States cannot enter for 90 days. That green card holders from these countries have been counseled not to leave the country, for fear of not being able to return. Refugees with visas who were en route to the US when this order was signed are now being detained at airports and risk being returned to their home countries. Individuals who had gone home to visit extended family, now cannot re-enter the United States, even if they have spouses and children living here.
The president should provide an exemption to executive order for individuals who hold visas and green cards. These documents embody a promise from the United States that they can enter pursuant to the terms of their visa, or are legal residents pursuant to the terms of their green cards. The United States should honor its word and permit them to enter and re-enter the country.
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