ABA Policy Resolutions in Response to Trump’s Travel Bans

By Delissa A. Ridgway

The ABA House of Delegates adopted two resolutions at its 2017 Midyear Meeting in Miami in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” issued January 27, 2017. Citing U.S. national security interests, the controversial Executive Order imposed a 90-day freeze on U.S. entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for four months, decreased the fiscal year’s cap on refugees from 110,000 to 50,000, and halted Syrian refugees indefinitely, while prioritizing admission of refugees who are persecuted religious minorities—an exception widely interpreted as giving preference to Christians from the Middle East.

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