Original Date AnnouncedJanuary 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.
[ID #7]Executive Order 13769
Effective DateJanuary 27, 2017
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
March 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.
September 24, 2017
President Trump issues Presidential Proclamation 9645, extending the travel ban indefinitely. For more details, please see Associated or Derivative Policies, below.
October 24, 2017
2017.10.24 Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
The temporary shutdown of refugee admissions led to a new review process subsequently detailed in Executive Order 13815.View Document
June 26, 2018
Trump v. Hawaii (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).View Document
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedJanuary 20, 2020
Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States
This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation revoking, in its entirety, EO 13780, and lifting two nationality-based travel bans issued by the Trump administration: the 2017 travel ban affecting nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen, and the 2020 ban affecting nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
The proclamation charges DOS with creating a plan for immigrant visas denied under the ban to be reconsidered and ensuring that visa applicants are not prejudiced by prior denials under the bans if they re-apply for a visa.View Document
Current StatusNot in effectJanuary 20, 2020
Acted on by Biden Administration