Date AnnouncedJan. 27, 2017
President Trump issues Executive Order 13769, implementing the "Muslim Ban" and dramatically limiting refugee admissions. The EO suspends immigrant and nonimmigrant entry of noncitizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days. The EO also states that the U.S. will accept only 50,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2017, down from the 110,000 refugees that President Obama had planned for FY 2017. The order also temporarily suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, shutting down the United States Refugee Admissions Program, but providing for limited case-by-case waivers for individuals whose entry would be in the national interest.
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Effective Date of ChangeJan. 27, 2017
Subsequent ActionMarch 6, 2017
President Trump issues EO 13780, extending the travel ban for an additional 90 days and requiring enhanced screening of certain foreign nationals. For more details, please see Associated or Derivative Policies, below.
Subsequent ActionSeptember 24, 2017
President Trump issues Presidential Proclamation 9645, extending the travel ban indefinitely. For more details, please see Associated or Derivative Policies, below.
Subsequent ActionOctober 24, 2017
The temporary shutdown of refugee admissions led to a new review process subsequently detailed in Executive Order 13815.2017.10.24 Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
Subsequent ActionJune 26, 2018
The Supreme Court decides Trump v. Hawaii, upholding the Muslim Ban and reversing multiple injunctions ordered and upheld by lower courts. In litigation continuing to challenge the Muslim Ban on constitutional grounds following the Hawaii decision, the Fourth Circuit on June 8, 2020, dismisses the IRAP/HIAS v. Trump case (D. Maryland Case No. 8:17-cv-00361, 4th Cir. Case No. 19-1990) (rehearing en banc denied Aug. 21, 2020).Trump v. Hawaii (2018)
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**
President Obama had approved the admission of 110,000 refugees for Fiscal Year 2017.Presidential Determination - Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2017