Common questions about how Trump’s Muslim ban affects people in Washington

How the Muslim ban affects people in Washington
How many people are being detained in WA as a result of President Trump’s Executive Order?
We do not know of anyone being detained in WA at present as a result of the Executive Order. If you know of anyone, tell us.
 
Under the court order issued in Darweesh, the case filed in New York by the ACLU and other civil rights groups, the government may not remove any lawful permanent resident or holder of a valid visa from the seven designated countries arriving at any U.S. port of entry. The nationwide order is preliminary, pending briefing and further decision by the court. It is in effect until further order from the court.
 
Is there a court order that prevents new arrivals from being detained?
Yes. Under the order issued in Tootkaboni, the case filed in Boston by the ACLU and other civil rights groups, the government may not detain any lawful permanent resident or holder of a valid visa from the seven designated countries arriving at any U.S. port of entry. The order also prohibits secondary screening except as provided in statute and regulation prior to the executive order. This order is likewise preliminary, and will remain in effect until February 5; the court will hold a hearing before then.
 
Are people being prevented from boarding planes to the U.S.?
Yes.
 
What about people who were forced back on planes and are not on American soil?
Until the Executive Order is overturned, those individuals who are part of the excluded populations may not be able to re-enter the U.S.
 
I have heard that the federal court order is being ignored and people are still being detained and deported. Is this true?
Here in Washington, we don’t have any evidence of that, but in other places it has been a problem.
 
I’m not a U.S. citizen. Is it safe for me travel outside the U.S. right now?
For lawful permanent residents (i.e., you have a green card) or if you are a U.S. citizen, our understanding is that you should be ok to travel. We cannot provide people with advice as to whether or not they should travel though, because the situation is in flux. 
 
If a person is expecting relatives or friends in more than two days from now, they can email travel@aclu-wa.org with their contact information as well as the following information about the visitors, if possible: name, date of birth, country of citizenship, form of visa or entry authorization, date and time of arrival, flight number and airline. In addition, it would be helpful to share information about how being denied entry to the United States causes the person a hardship whether because of persecution, illness, family ties, etc.
 
Those who encounter problems while attempting to travel should get in touch with us at 206-624-2184. They may also contact Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Western Washington/Seattle: 206-587-4009 Eastern/Central Washington: 509-854-2100
 
I’ve been speaking out about the Muslim ban. What are my rights to protest?
Read our guide to protests here.
 
 
Monday, June 5, 2017