Updates from ASLA

White House Reissues Travel Ban - Will It Impact Landscape Architecture Firms?

On Monday, President Donald Trump reissued his Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” with some significant changes from the prior order, including exempting existing visa holders from travel limits and removing Iraq from the original list of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens were barred from entering the U.S. The new order, which will go into effect on March 16, will put a 90-day hold on issuance of visas to citizens of six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also stops refugee admissions worldwide for 120 days, instead of the original indefinite ban.

The revised directive removes language that appeared to give priority to Christian refugees applying from predominantly Muslim countries – a provision that U.S. courts seized on to conclude the discriminatory nature of the order. Instead, the new order provides background to suggest that the six countries in the ban are targeted because of their lax reporting and monitoring efforts. According to administration officials, the removal of Iraq from the list came after the Iraqi government agreed to improve the quality of travel documentation and to bolster their sharing of information about potentially dangerous nationals.

The revised ban also attempts to respond to recent court injunctions that concluded that the administration presented no evidence of the threat the original travel ban was supposed to address. The new directive claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigations is pursuing 300 terrorism-related investigations of individuals admitted to the U.S. as refugees.

Increasingly, landscape architects are contributing to the global economy and working on international projects. In some instances, immigration and travel restrictions can disrupt business and educational opportunities for the landscape architecture profession and others. ASLA wants to hear from its members on how this revised 90-day travel ban from the six countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is impacting landscape architects, their firms, and landscape architecture programs at universities and colleges around the country. Please take a moment to complete the short survey on the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, so that ASLA may better understand its impacts on the profession.

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