Know Your Rights – اعرف حقوقك

IMPORTANT UPDATE

The KYR Guide does not currently reflect recent District Court and Supreme Court orders. It will be updated as soon as possible. Below is information about the orders and their legal implications.

On July 13, 2017, the District Court in Hawaii issued an order in Hawaii v Trump that ensures certain individuals are protected from the current Executive Order, as the Supreme Court required in its earlier decision.

The District Court enjoined the government from applying the travel ban to any those individuals who have the following family relationships to an individual in the United States: grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States.

The District Court enjoined the government from applying the refugee ban to those refugees who have received a formal assurance from a resettlement agency in the United States; those refugees who are in the Lautenberg Program; or those refugees who have the following family relationships to an individual in the United States: grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States.

On July 14, 2017, the government appealed the District Court’s decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and filed a motion with the Supreme Court that challenged the District Court’s order by requesting that the Supreme Court clarify their original decision, and requested a stay of the District Court’s order.

On July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court denied the government’s motion seeking clarification, but issued a stay of the portion of the District Court’s order regarding refugees covered by a formal assurance, pending resolution of the appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

To summarize, as of July 20, 2017, in addition to the information in the KYR guide, individuals should be aware that:

1) the travel ban does not currently apply to any those individuals who have the following family relationships to an individual in the United States: grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States.

2) the refugee ban does not apply to refugees who are in the Lautenberg Program; or those refugees who have the following family relationships to an individual in the United States: grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States; the District Court’s decision that enjoined the government from applying the refugee ban to those refugees who have received a formal assurance from a resettlement agency in the United States is stayed pending appeal at the Ninth Circuit.

Know Your Rights as of June 27th, 2017

We have updated to reflect the June 26th Supreme Court decision, our brief, English Know-Your-Rights guide (download here). It is available  in عربي [Arabic] and will be available in other languages shortly. We are leaving our more comprehensive, pre-decision guide below.

The executive orders known as Muslim Ban 1.0 and 2.0, signed by President Trump on January 27 and March 6, respectively, caused great confusion and uncertainty for many travelers, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

In an effort to offer some clarity on how the current status of these orders may affect individuals, IRAP will regularly publish and update “Know-Your-Rights” guides.

Know Your Rights: Immigration & Asylum in the US under the Executive Order

KYR GuideIn partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and with the assistance of Journey’s End Refugee Services (JERS), IRAP and and important law firm partners have prepared this “Know-Your-Rights Guide” to assist the public, particularly current and potentially impacted individuals, in understanding the travel and refugee bans of the current Executive Order. This “Know-Your-Rights Guide” is written in a question-and-answer format and divided into three sections: (1) the scope of the Executive Order’s travel and refugee bans; (2) the implementation of the Executive Order’s travel and refugee bans; and (3) rights and legal recourse for impacted individuals.

This “Know-Your-Rights Guide” is meant to provide a high-level overview for informational purposes only and is not meant to provide legal advice. For legal assistance for affected individuals, we recommend reaching out to the contacts identified in Appendix A. Please note that the situation is very fluid at this time and could change quickly. Thomson Reuters Foundation and IRAP will undertake every effort to keep this document up to date as the situation develops.

Download the Guide

For shorter summaries of the Know-Your-Rights guide and other languages, please see below:

For travelers seeking info about the revised Executive Order signed on March 6, 2017, please read our Know-Your-Rights document (also available in عربي [Arabic] and in سى [Farsi]).

For those who have been directly affected by the travel ban (or who represent someone who has), please read this cover letter and fill out a questionnaire (in عربي [Arabic]Englishفارسى [Farsi]af Soomaali [Somali]) and email it to our email hotline (address is in the file).