Know Your Rights

What are we doing about the new executive order about immigration? Recently, I have spoken with several students with concerns for themselves or their parents about the restrictions imposed by the recent order.

Check out website: Know your rights!

At SPU, contact Susan Lane for resources.

Click Here: Know Your Rights if stopped by Police,, Immigration Agents or FBI

For Muslim Students, contact CAIR (see note below)

What you should know about the new 'Muslim Ban' Executive Order

For questions or to get help, e-mail CAIR-WA at with your full name, email address, phone number & your questions

Dear Community Members and Friends,

A new "Muslim Ban" Executive Order was signed on Monday, March 6, 2017.

We are reviewing it to see how exactly it will be rolled out but some general information is below. Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various lawsuits that may move forward in court.

When will it start?

The new Executive Order will not go into effect until March 16, 2017. The older order, signed on January 27, 2017, was revoked and replaced with this new order. Regardless, the temporary court order placing the older order on hold is still active.


Who will be affected by this?

Travel Restriction for Nationals of Six Countries

  • It applies to Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia
    • Iraq is no longer on the list but will still face additional processing
  • A 90-day travel restriction for nationals of those countries starts on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time.
  • U.S. Green card holders (also known as Legal Permanent Residents) will not be targeted
  • Dual nationals who enter the U.S. using a passport from a non-designated country will not be targeted
  • Immigrants and non-immigrants who were granted a visa before January 27, 2017 will not be targeted
  • Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis for medical care, business, and study. However, we do not have any information about the waiver process

Refugee Program

  • A 120-day halt of the entire refugee program will start on March 16, 2017
  • Syrian refugees are no longer specifically excluded for an indefinite period of time
  • The number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. for fiscal year 2017 is reduced to 50,000

How to Get Legal Help?

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, or are a national of the 6 countries mentioned in the March 6, 2017 Executive Order, and are outside the U.S., please return to the U.S. if you are traveling immediately.
    • PLEASE ALSO VISIT WWW.AIRPORTLAWYER.ORG which allows you to notify volunteer lawyers before you fly so that your information is securely shared with groups of volunteer lawyers who monitor arrivals at airports and can help you if you face difficulties upon entering the U.S.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, or are a national of the 6 countries mentioned in the March 6, 2017 Executive Order, and are in the U.S., do not travel abroad until we know more about what this new ban may mean. Or at least consult with an immigration attorney to fully understand the risks before you travel.

For questions or to get help, E-MAIL CAIR-Washington State at INFO@CAIRSEATTLE.ORG with your full name, email address, phone number and your questions. If you do not have e-mail, then call us at 206.367.4081 and leave a detailed voice mail message with your full name, your phone number (repeat it twice), e-mail address and your questions.

All of our civil rights work including work in response to the 'Muslim Ban' is done at zero cost to our clients. We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve. Please contact us with any questions.

CAIR- Washington State



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