Chicago Sun-Times

Le­gal res­i­dents with green cards warned not to leave U. S.

- Wash­ing­ton Bu­reau Chief BY LYNN SWEET Email: lsweet@suntimes.com Twit­ter: @ lynnsweet

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s order ban­ning refugees from seven Mus­lim ma­jor­ity na­tions from the U. S. also in­cludes le­gal U. S. res­i­dents from those coun­tries, prompt­ing a warn­ing Satur­day from a leader of an im­mi­gra­tion group that those green card hold­ers should not leave the U. S. be­cause they may not be al­lowed to re­turn.

“We are say­ing, peo­ple should not be trav­el­ing un­til we get much more clar­ity about what this ad­min­is­tra­tion is do­ing,” Marie­lena Hin­capie, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Im­mi­gra­tion Law Cen­ter, told the Chicago Sun- Times.

The Cen­ter, along with the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union Foun­da­tion and other le­gal groups, filed a law­suit on Satur­day on be­half of two Iraqi men with im­mi­grant visas de­tained at John F. Kennedy Air­port in New York.

The two were blocked from en­ter­ing the U. S. af­ter Trump signed an ex­ec­u­tive order on Fri­day bar­ring peo­ple from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Ye­men, Su­dan, So­ma­lia and Libya from en­ter­ing the U. S. for 90 days.

Trump’s order in­cludes more — it will pre­vent green card hold­ers from those na­tions trav­el­ing out­side the U. S. from en­try back into the U. S. A green card grants the holder the le­gal right to be a per­ma­nent res­i­dent of the U.S At a White House brief­ing on Satur­day, re­porters were told green card hold­ers from the seven listed na­tions who are cur­rently out­side the U. S “will need a case by case waiver to re­turn to the United States,” ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial.

Hin­capie said with lit­tle ad­vance no­tice and no writ­ten pub­lic guide­lines with de­tails on how to carry out Trump’s order, the sit­u­a­tion is “truly chaotic in ad­di­tion to be­ing un­con­sti­tu­tional.” Hin­capie said the law­suit may be amended to take in green card hold­ers from the seven na­tions.

 ?? | SU­SAN WALSH/ AP ?? Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signs an ex­ec­u­tive order on ex­treme vet­ting dur­ing an event at the Pen­tagon on Fri­day.
| SU­SAN WALSH/ AP Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signs an ex­ec­u­tive order on ex­treme vet­ting dur­ing an event at the Pen­tagon on Fri­day.

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