The Department of Homeland Security suspends President Donald Trump’s immigration and travel ban resuming the standard inspections of travelers nationwide.

Federal Judge James Robart stopped the implementation of Trump’s immigration policies which halts the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days and the next 3 months, bans citizens and travelers from 7 Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

A report from CNN said that the cancellation of visas that were provisionally revoked following the President’s executive order last week has been reversed, so long as those visas were not stamped or marked as canceled.
On the other hand, those whose visas were physically canceled would have to go to an embassy or consulate to have them reinstated. Most cancellations were done electronically and reinstated electronically, officials said.
A Relief for Filipinos
Trump mentioned Philippines as among “terrorist nations” whose citizens should be banned to enter the U.S. Filipinos illegally staying in the U.S. could face deportation as authorities step up wiping of illegal immigrants.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs- out of 3.4 million Filipinos residing in the US around 310, 000 are undocumented.

An interview with John Reginald Viray, an OFW currently residing in Kuwait, said that he felt relieved after he heard the suspension of Trump’s order. The travel ban could affect many Filipinos migrating and working in the US, which he plans to do.

The US State Department said Filipinos remain “welcome” to the US and that the Philippines is a “core ally in the Asia”, looking forward to a productive and bilateral relationship.

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