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Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A. asked to weigh in on immigration confusion

It would perhaps be something of an understatement to say that this last week has been tumultuous as far as immigration law matters are concerned. Indeed, it's safe to say that seven days removed from President Donald Trump's signing of an unprecedented executive order banning travel from seven nations -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- for 90 days, there are still far more questions than answers.

Following the immediate implementation of the travel ban, chaos reigned at both domestic and international airports, as government personnel and carriers alike were caught completely off guard. Here, in the U.S., officials initially detained 109 people, some of whom were valid green card holders, arriving from the seven nations, while those in international hubs from Amsterdam to Dubai imposed blanket travel bans, prohibiting all boarding of U.S.-bound flights.

In the days following the rollout of the executive order, which spurred global protests, federal courts in various locations, including New York and Massachusetts, temporarily stayed parts of the order. Furthermore, as we discussed in our last post, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued a statement last weekend indicating that permanent residents would not be blocked by the executive order.

While these actions did serve to provide some clarity and relief, reports indicate that domestic and international carriers nevertheless remain unclear on how the executive order affects their everyday operations, with some allowing only those with green cards, diplomatic visas or valid visas coupled with passports from unaffected countries owing to dual citizenship to board U.S.-bound flights.

Even more uncertainty remains for people hailing from the seven affected nations who don't fit into these categories.

Our own Christine Alden was recently asked by Bloomberg News to weigh in on this unfolding and complex scenario.

"It's all really far-reaching. It's going to affect businesses, families and students going back to school," she said.

Indeed, outside of affecting students and refugees, she indicated that employees of oil conglomerates, tech companies and other enterprises may be left stranded by this uncertainty over their immigration status, as well as investors under the E-2 visa program who are running a business here on U.S. soil.

Here's hoping more answers are forthcoming ...

If you or a loved one has questions or concerns relating to these recent developments, please consider speaking with a skilled legal professional to learn more about your options as soon as possible.

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