Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

The recent Executive Order on immigration and refugees has left many of us with questions on how this will potentially impact our meetings and events, for both North American programs that have attendees from outside of North America and Global programs with North American attendees. Know that we have been working closely with the Meetings Means Business Coalition to monitor the evolving policy and will provide you with continuous updates.You can find information and FAQ answers for questions you might have here.

On February 4, a federal judge issued a halt to the executive order on immigration and refugees. Subsequently the Department of Homeland Security announced that it suspended all actions to implement the immigration order and resumed standard inspection of travelers. The State Department also announced it had reversed its cancellation of visas under the order. The Justice Department requested to immediately reinstate Trump’s immigration directive, which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied.

On February 9, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously ruled to uphold a lower-court ruling that suspended the travel ban. Travelers from the seven affected countries can continue entering the United States while the court’s block on the executive order is in place. The decision is currently being reviewed by the Justice Department and has the potential to reach the Supreme Court.

On February 16, President Trump announced that the White House will rescind his controversial executive order on immigration and then issue a new order next week. In the meantime, Justice Department lawyers have petitioned the federal appeals court to suspend its reconsideration. The impact on the current legal battle may depend on the court’s view of how substantially the revision differs from the current version. Also this week, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against implementation of the original executive order.

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