Immigration Attorney Sophie Alcorn explains why Trump’s Executive Order banning visa holders, lawful permanent residents, and refugees, is a bad idea. This order applies to people who who hold passports from the countries of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan.
President Trump’s executive order is a thinly veiled effort to ban and scapegoat Muslims. It will not make America safer. This ban is ineffective and overreaching. We should focus our attention on people for whom we have actual grounds for concern or suspicion.
President Trump has ignored research and data, basing these policies on a combination of an unfounded fear, debunked information, and xenophobic pressures.
The Executive Order will harm US families. These families are waiting for their husbands, wives, children, mothers, and fathers to complete the already-lengthy immigration process. It means that intending immigrants and their US families will have to remain abroad longer, often in dangerous situations.
A 90-day suspension of visas will balloon processing times and disrupt the operation of U.S. businesses that rely on such applicants. Some industries will be particularly impacted, such as the medical industry. We may see even greater shortages of nurses and doctors, for example.
A suspension of visa and immigration benefits based solely on national origin will create a strain on diplomatic relations with those countries; creating further challenges when cooperation with these countries is necessary to perform security screening on these individuals.
Suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program will balloon already lengthy interview backlogs at embassies. It wastes resources, burdens overtaxed embassies, and decreases the quality of consular interviews.