The earlier executive order from January 27, 2017 barred entry of all Syrian refugees; and imposed in essence a religious test for immigrant and refugee entry to the U.S. by refusing entry to any individual coming from a list of majority-Muslim nations – betraying even those individuals with visas and who have supported our nation's military efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. While this latest executive order does contain some of these provisions, the underlying policies remain the same: barring entry to United States for refugees -- those fleeing the most dire of circumstances, and limiting entry to the U.S. based on national origin.
On June 25, 2017 the Supreme Court lifted parts of the injunction that had halted the unjust executive order from going into effect. Now, individuals that would be affected by the order can enter only if they can show a "bona fide relationship" to the United States. The new regulations regarding this change went into effect on June 29. The Supreme Court is going to hear arguments on the core legal questions of the case in the fall.
Together, these executive orders not only defy the United States' historical legacy as a land of refuge, but it also specifically target Muslim-majority countries, reneging on our country’s founding principle of religious freedom.