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Trumps Issues Executive Order Banning Iranian Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Associated with Certain Industries

Today President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing new sanctions on Iran with respect to the iron, steel, aluminum, and copper industries. More importantly, Section 5 of the EO suspends entry of Iranian immigrants and nonimmigrants engaged or related to those industries. Relevant language below (emphasis added):


Sec. 5. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry
into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more
of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be
detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry
of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or
nonimmigrants, is therefore hereby suspended. Such persons
shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation
8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to
United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International
Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).


Disguised as a foreign policy directive designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, this Executive Order is little more than another outrageous restriction imposed against Iranian immigrants. We will monitor this situation closely, as this Executive Order, or at least certain provisions of it, is/are sure to be challenged in federal court. The full text of the EO can be found here.


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