On January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump issued his Executive Order to restrict immigration to the US.
The order targeted individuals from six countries, and it included a new category of people that were not protected under the original Executive Order, known as “special immigration.”
These individuals are currently being considered for the visa lottery, but they do not meet the criteria for a visa.
“Special immigration” is the term used by Trump to describe people who have been in the US for less than five years and who were previously not protected by the Immigration and Nationality Act.
In other words, the executive order is the culmination of years of advocacy by the US Refugee and Immigrant Services Administration (USRISA), which administers the Visa Waiver Program.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) administers that program, which is also known as the “welcome mat,” as well as the visa waiver program.
As such, the policy changes are significant.
They also mark the first time since World War II that the US has deported more than a million people.
In addition, it was the first executive order to affect the visa process for foreigners from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
This new order was met with protests by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an immigrant rights group, and other groups.
“We’re seeing the first wave of immigration bans in the country,” AILA President Daniel Pfeiffer said in a press release.
“As this is just the first phase, we anticipate it will be a long process and the effects will only become clear once the process is complete.”
Since the order was announced, a growing number of immigrant advocates have expressed concern about the effects of the executive action.
According to the Washington Post, “AILA says there’s evidence that the ban could affect the recruitment of foreign workers and reduce opportunities for refugees.”
On January 22, the USRISAs director of policy, Marisa Mendoza, wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, urging them to cancel the executive orders that had been put into place.
“It’s important to recognize that, under this Executive Order and its successor, a new visa program is a threat to U.S. national security,” Mendozza wrote.
“By denying the current visa holders the opportunity to enter the country, these orders violate our nation’s international obligations under the Refugee Convention and other laws of nations.”
In her letter, Mendozzo added that she was concerned about the “effect that this program has on U.N. workers, including many refugees who are here in the United States.”
According to Mendozzi, “If you do not rescind the Executive Order on January 20th, it is very likely that you will see more and more refugees arriving at our country’s airports.”
The Executive Order has also sparked protests from groups like the Coalition for American Immigration Reform, a progressive advocacy organization that represents immigrants from countries affected by Trump’s immigration policy.
“The new policy will harm Americans,” the group wrote on their website.
“There will be fewer jobs, fewer jobs and fewer wages for Americans.”
AILA, which has been actively fighting for the Visa Ban, said it had received over 20,000 phone calls, emails, and letters in support of the policy.
But the pressure is mounting.
On January 26, AILA released a press conference in which they expressed concern over the policy, which they said had been implemented with “unprecedented haste” and “reckless disregard” for the safety of immigrants.
“These new Executive Orders have the potential to create a ‘welfare trap’ that has a profound impact on immigrant communities, and a number of immigrants have already expressed fears of the unintended consequences of the new executive order,” they said.
“Americans deserve a government that protects their interests, and not those of the people who are the target of this policy.”
This article has been updated with information on the visa program that was affected by the new order.