On January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The Executive Order (the “EO”) includes, among other items, a 90-day restriction on travel to the United States by foreign nationals from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The EO led to the detention—and, in many cases, refusal—of individuals carrying passports from the seven designated countries. Confusion as to the scope of individuals included within the travel restriction (for example, whether “green card” holders or dual passport holders are included), as well as the potential for new countries to be added to the list, created significant concerns in the business community. Although many of the initial questions have been answered by Trump administration representatives about the EO, controversy about its legality continues and is the subject of multiple court actions. To assist employers in providing guidance to their work corps, Legal Update summarizes the current state of affairs and answer the most frequently asked questions about the EO.
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