Immigration Alert: Ninth Circuit Upholds Lower Court Ruling Blocking Travel Ban
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld the ruling of a lower federal court that blocked enforcement of the Trump Administration’s travel ban, which bars the admission of refugees and citizens/nationals from seven designated countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The Ninth Circuit's decision will temporarily enjoin the Executive Order from being enforced nationwide. Practically speaking, this means that individuals from these seven designated countries will be eligible again to travel to the United States and apply for visas abroad. Notwithstanding this ruling, the Trump Administration is expected to quickly appeal this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Please note that the current situation is very fluid and may change at any time. Waller will monitor developments and provide updates as new information becomes available. Our earlier analysis on the Immigration Executive Order can be found here.
For additional information about the Executive Order and general immigration issues, please contact Vinh Duong or Nora Katz at 615.850.8730.
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