On January 27, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily restricting travel to the U.S. and banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. One week later, a Fourth Circuit Court judge in Seattle, blocked the order, nationwide.
By February 14 — two weeks to the day after the temporary block — more than 1,800 refugees from the seven banned countries had entered the U.S., as reported by Pew Research Center.
The seven countries included in Trump's executive order were originally identified by the Obama administration as “countries of concern.”
Moreover, as reported by CNN, Obama also placed restrictions on travelers from the seven countries:
In December 2015, President Obama signed into law a measure placing limited restrictions on certain travelers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011.
Two months later, the Obama administration added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the list, in what it called an effort to address “the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters.”
Pew provides a breakdown on the number of refugees entering the U.S. from the banned countries, beginning with Trump's first week in office:
During the first full week of Trump’s presidency (Jan. 21-27), 870 refugees from the restricted countries entered the U.S., accounting for 43% of all refugee admissions during this time.
The following week, Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, refugee admissions from the seven restricted countries all but stopped after Trump’s executive order took effect.
They then resumed shortly after the federal courts stepped in.
Pew further breaks down the numbers, reporting that 5,490 refugees entered the country in fiscal year 2017 from Syria, 5,378 from Iran, and 4,480 from Somalia, with just nine from Libya or Yemen.
Rather than appeal the Fourth Circuit ban all the way to the Supreme Court, the administration will instead issue a revised executive order, as reported by ABC News, quoting a filing from the Justice Department:
“Rather than continuing this litigation, the president intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns."
Not only is support for a temporary travel ban mixed, but poll results are as well.
A Zogby Analytics poll earlier this month found that 52 percent of Americans agree with a 90-day ban on refugees from the seven countries, 41 percent disagree, and seven percent aren't sure. But a Quinnipiac University survey released a day later found 51 percent oppose the travel restriction, while 46 support it.
The revised executive order from the administration is expected within days.