25 Ways Donald Trump Travel Ban Affects Immigration Policy in the US?


25 Ways Donald Trump Travel Ban Affects Immigration Policy in the US?  

The Trump travel ban issued recently via an executive order has caused both shock and confusion for immigrants, those intending to immigrate, as well as immigrant sympathizers. Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia have all been slapped with travel bans. Industry experts are projecting that various industries are going to be profoundly affected with tourism being chief among them. Given the specifics of the ban, below are 25 ways the ban will affect immigration policy in the US.

Refugee resettlement

The order has halted functionality of normal refugee policy for 120 days. It is likely that many refugees who had already commenced the immigrating process will face unprecedented challenges even after the 120 days elapse.

Dual citizens

Dual citizens from the affected countries are not completely out of the woods. They must have all supporting documents and be ready to undergo secondary vetting.

Green card holders

The executive order does not spare green card holders from the banned countries. The government has termed legal residency as a “dispositive factor.”

Policy Uncertainty

The ban has significantly contributed to policy uncertainty with many people losing trust in the current immigration laws and the extent of their enforcement given the new orders.

Indefinite bans

Syria has been singled out in the executive order since it is the only indefinitely banned country. Hopefully, the law allowing Syrians access to the country will be reinstated sooner rather than later.

Permanent refugee resettlement bans

In Syria’s case, the indefinite ban extends to refugees who will now have to seek alternative countries to relocate to.

Stricter implementation of immigration policies

Current policies including the ban will be enforced to the letter. Lack of all proper documentation will spell doom for any immigrant.

Halving of refugee resettlement quota

Refugee resettlement has been halved from 110,000 to 50,000 for the coming year. Competition for spots is expected to rise considerably with many rejections becoming the norm.

New screening measures

Screening has been overhauled in a bid to weed out any individuals with ulterior motives.

In-depth vetting

In addition to screening, new deep vetting methods have been instituted. With time, vetting is projected to become even more extensive.

Restrictive immigration rules

It is evident by now that Trump is going to walk his talk on immigration. In the same wavelength, it is certain that tighter immigration laws will be passed in the future.

More power to border officials

The order gives more authority to officials such as the ability to interrogate or pat down anyone. With the expected tightening of immigration laws, border agents will only gain more authority.


Diplomats have been left untouched by the order, and preceding changes in immigration rules are unlikely to affect them negatively.

UN workers

Like those with diplomatic credentials, UN personnel with necessary clearance are also unaffected, and likely to remain so.

Ease of leaving

Exiting the country, given the stipulations of the order, is likely to remain easy and straightforward. All focus is on immigration inward as opposed to outward.

More premises for deportation

The issued forbiddance multiplies the premises on which an immigrant may be deported. Though a court managed to halt this temporarily, it is unlikely that the same will be so for long,


The increased stipulations courtesy of the order provide more grounds for the detainment of immigrants from the banned countries and the rest of the world in general.

High rates of immigrant rejection

More people intending to immigrate into the US will face disappointment as the ban and increased checks are likely to disqualify many.

Tourism policy

Tourism policy has been largely altered as visa allocation to banned countries is suspended in addition to implementation of tighter visa issuance conditions for spared nations.

Unconstitutional policies

Concerned parties are already challenging the constitutionality of the given rules on the premise of discrimination by religion. Court cases regarding the same are projected to witness a boom.

Policy enforcement delays

In-depth screening, for example, will increase the policy enforcement timeline for all other related rules. On account of this, immigrants will spend more time before gaining clearance.

Protests against immigration policies

Protests are already in effect with those against the executive order airing their views in airports and on the streets.

Preference for religious minorities

Christians in Syria for example, as a religious minority group, are to be given immigration priority.

Exceptions on a case by case basis

Ban and immigration exemptions are to be determined strictly on a case by case basis rather than via a blanket approach.

Naturalization law

Many experts are forecasting that naturalization law, the process by which immigrants become American citizens, is going to take on a similar path and become more restrictive.

It is no doubt that Trump’s goal is to ensure the country’s security. Many, however, have not taken kindly to the way he is going about it. To be certain of the absolute effect the ban will have on immigrant policies in the long term, only a wait and see approach can suffice.