Executive Order

Frequently Asked Questions on the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States”

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    Q. What does the Executive Order address?

    The Executive Order suspends entry to the United States of immigrants and nonimmigrants from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days, with limited exceptions.  The Executive Order also suspends entry of all refugees (irrespective of their country) to the United States for 120 days and admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely.  The Executive Order also calls for a review of visa issuance protocol and enhanced vetting for visa applicants of all countries.


    Q. Who is affected by the Executive Order?

    Citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will not be permitted entry or re-entry into the United States for 90 days, with limited exceptions.  This ban applies to visa holders and individuals with a dual citizenship with another non-U.S. country.  The restriction on re-entry also currently encompasses U.S. permanent residents (“green card” holders) who are citizens of one of these countries.  The Executive Order does not prohibit U.S. citizens who have dual nationality from entering the United States with their valid U.S. passport.

    The University recommends that citizens of these countries legally residing in the United States avoid travel outside the continental U.S. during this period and consult an immigration attorney if travel is required. Such travel may result in the person’s inability to return to the United States for 90 days. 

    Individuals from these countries who are legally present in the U.S., and who do not intend to travel, will not be impacted by the Executive Order.


    Q. Who should I talk to at the University regarding my immigration status?

    For specific questions, students should contact Ms. Weihong Sun, Director (weihong.sun@udmercy.edu) in the International Services office, 313-993-1205.

    Faculty/staff should contact Steven Nelson, Associate Vice President for Human Resources (nelsonsj@udmercy.edu) at 313-993-1524.


    Q. What is the impact of the Executive Order on faculty, staff, and students from other countries who are non-citizens?

    The Executive Order focuses primarily on the entry of citizens from the countries listed above.  However, the Executive Order also directs the Department of Homeland Security to review visa issuance protocol for all countries within the next 30 days.

Information Resources related to the Executive Order

Summary and Analysis of the Executive Order
Prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

"What You Need to Know About Colleges and the Immigration Ban"
Chronicle of Higher Education, by Andy Thomason, Jan. 29, 2017

"Trump travel ban: Here's what you need to know
CNN – Politics, by Doug Criss, Jan. 30, 2017

"Full Executive Order Text: Trump’s Action Limiting Refugees Into the U.S."
The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2017

Statement on Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S., Jan. 30, 2017

Statement on Executive Order by University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi