Know Your Rights
Can I travel to the US?
Following the Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2017, parts of President Trump’s second executive order (EO-2) are back in place, specifically banning the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from the United States. Individuals from the six countries will be permitted to enter the United States if they have a “close familial relationship” with someone already here or if they have a “formal, documented” relationship with an American entity formed “in the ordinary course” of business. However, the Court said that such relationships cannot be established for the purpose of avoiding the travel ban. The government began applying the travel ban in the limited fashion permitted by the Supreme Court on June 29, 2017.
Note for Refugees in the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP): For people traveling through USRAP for admission as a refugee, all travel is coordinated through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in coordination with your local Resettlement Support Center. These individuals must wait for a travel date and travel arrangements through IOM
Who can assist me?
Lawyers can be present at some Canadian airports to help affected travelers. If you are travelling through Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg or Montreal, CCBLC lawyers may be able to be on site to help you if you encounter problems. To inquire about lawyer support at the airport email email@example.com.
It is possible that during your travel, the law may change and you may be detained at a U.S. port of entry. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request a referral to any lawyers organizing on the ground at the U.S. airport where you will arrive. Please include your flight information.
What else can I do?
Many organizations are working around the clock to provide up to date information to travelers. You may find the following resources to be helpful:
- International Refugee Assistance Project, "Know Your Rights", current as of June 27, 2017 with the best available up to data information about the ruling and how affected individuals should proceed