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The purpose of this page is to provide members of the Einstein community with up-to-date information on immigration policy, given the recent executive order, and to provide helpful resources for those who may have concerns or need assistance.

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, a federal judge ordered a halt to the Trump administration’s travel ban. The Department of Homeland Security subsequently announced it has suspended all actions to implement the immigration order and will resume standard inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the travel ban. It also was reported that the State Department has reversed the cancellation of visas that were provisionally revoked following the President's executive order last week — so long as those visas were not stamped or marked as canceled.

Because the Trump administration is fighting the judge’s ruling, there remains the possibility that the ban could be reinstated. Should that occur, the information below would then be relevant.

Who to Contact

If you have immigration issues or concerns, please contact Alexia Pakiela in the Office of International Services:
alexia.pakiela@einstein.yu.edu
718.430.2850.

Any student or other member of the Einstein community who feels they need supportive assistance can contact Dr. Mary Kelly in the Office of Academic Support and Counseling:
mary.kelly@einstein.yu.edu
718.430.3154.

Additionally, faculty and employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for supportive assistance as well.
1.800.225.2527
1.800.252.4555

To learn more about Einstein’s EAP, visit http://www.healthcareeap.com/.

The Executive Order

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that put into effect a ban on people traveling to the United States from:

  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Somalia

This ban is slated to last for 90 days. It also indicated that new refugee admissions are suspended for 120 days and that Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

Additionally, the United States Department of State (DOS) issued a letter stating that nonimmigrant and immigrant visas of nationals who come from these seven countries are deemed provisionally revoked with certain exceptions, namely A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO, or certain diplomatic visas. The letter also refers to exceptions that could be made on a case-by-case basis, deemed to be of national interest.

Further Updates

In response to rumors of plans to expand the travel ban to other countries, referenced by Dr. Spiegel during the February 1 Senate meeting, DOS has informed American Immigration Lawyers Association that there is no addendum, annex, or amendment now being worked on to expand visa revocations or the travel ban to countries other than those currently implicated in the Executive Order titled, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."

Counsel also shared with us that, on February 1, the White House announced that permanent residents (Green Card holders), no longer need a waiver to enter the U.S. if they are a permanent resident of the United States. While this should ease concerns of U.S. citizens with dual citizenship, there is still uncertainty as to how dual citizens from non-U.S. countries will be treated.

Still, the counselors advise that everyone with potential concerns should not leave the U.S. without consulting an attorney, and that those individuals who are overseas do the same, or plan to return as soon as possible.

Response to the Executive Order:

Steven M. Safyer, M.D., Statement (Montefiore)

Allen M. Spiegel, M.D. Statement (Einstein)

Einstein Senate Resolution

AAMC: Update to Medical Schools

Other Helpful Resources

For information or assistance concerning a family member or loved one who is being detained, contact the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office or your Consulate. Following are some helpful contacts as well.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

New York 212.264.4213
New Jersey 973.645.3666

Free Legal Assistance

Legal Aid Immigration Law Unit 212.577.3456 (Wed. and Fri. afternoon)
Immigrant Defense Project 212.725.6422
Bronx Defenders 718.838.7878
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights 212.781.0355 (x305)

For more information and non-legal support for detainees and families:

Families for Freedom 646.290.5551