On February 3rd, a federal judge in Seattle granted Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request for a temporary restraining order to immediately halt implementation of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration nationwide. On February 9th, a federal appeals court ruled the restraining order remains in place.
In the coming days and months, there will be a lot of legal discussion between the Department of Justice and district judges regarding the Executive Order, the Temporary Restraining Order, and other potential legal challenges. This legal discussion could involve the U.S. Supreme Court. At this time, we do not know what the final outcome will be nor how long it will take.
Until the issue is resolved in the courts, it may be best to advise students from the seven identified countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen – to contact the International Education office (or their consulate) if they are considering traveling outside the United States.
Currently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is complying with the Temporary Restraining Order so students who are U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders are able to travel without restriction until the legal challenges have been resolved.
In the coming weeks, there will be times when we have may more questions than answers. We will continue to monitor the status of this lawsuit and provide updates to keep you informed.
Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.