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Department of Homeland Security Responds to Litigation on the President’s Executive Orders Banning Entry of Immigrants from Seven Countries

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this weekend that it will continue to enforce all of the president’s Executive Orders and is making case-by-case determinations. At the same time, DHS stated that in applying the provisions of the president's executive order, DHS deems the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest. DHS stated that, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a positive factor DHS’s case-by-case determinations.

DHS’s announcement does not guarantee entry to lawful permanent residents, so these individuals should still avoid non-emergency travel outside of the U.S. at this time.

For more regarding the Executive Order regarding entry from seven countries and the surrounding litigation, see https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/refugees-detained-at-us-airports-prompting-legal-challenges-to-trumps-immigration-order.html

January 30, 2017