After Court Order, U.S. Authorities Suspend Enforcement of Travel Ban
*Updated Sunday, February 5 at 12:30pm ET*
This blog post is meant to provide you with the latest information regarding President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States of citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available, so that you can better understand the impact on your travel program.
On Friday evening, a federal judge in Washington ruled to temporarily halt enforcement of the order, effective nationwide. The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has informed us that all policies and procedures put into place to enforce the executive order have been suspended, and you should act as you did before the executive order was issued.
The State Department has also announced it is rescinding the provisional revocation of visas. The government is working to reinstate cancelled visas. Those with visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid.
On Sunday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit announced its decision to deny the motion from the Department of Justice to issue an immediate stay on the Washington State judge’s temporary restraining order on the travel ban.
State Dept. reverses visa revocations, allows banned travelers to enter U.S. – The Washington Post
The CBP released the statement below from the Department of Homeland Security on their website:
In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order.
DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure.
At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the President’s Executive Order, which is lawful and appropriate. The Order is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the President has no higher duty and responsibility than to do so.
Please check back often for the latest information.