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IRT: Travel Ban Goes Into Effect and TPS Update

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Updates from the Immigration Response Team (IRT)

Travel Ban to Go into Effect while Legal Challenges Proceed

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday to allow the third version of the Trump administration's travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges continue.

Prior to yesterday's ruling, injunctions in Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit allowed the travel ban to partially go into effect while excluding those people with a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. Those rulings echoed a Supreme Court order issued last June over a previous version of the travel ban.

Yesterday, however, the Justices rejected arguments by challengers in Hawaii and Maryland, siding with the administration to allow every part of the travel ban to go into effect while litigation proceeds. Both the 9th and 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments this week. We will continue to provide updates here.

International students and scholars are encouraged to contact their campus international program office with questions and concerns (we have offices listed by campus here.) The Immigration Response Team is also available for consultations.

Temporary Protected Status to End for Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan

Temporary Protected Status for Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan will be terminated by the Trump administration. A decision about the status of El Salvador is expected this month.

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, provides temporary immigration status for people already in the United States when it is determined they cannot return safely to their country. TPS can be designated for countries experiencing war, natural disasters or other extraordinary conditions. In announcing the decisions to end TPS, the Department of Homeland Security gave Haiti until July 22, 2018. Nicaragua's status will expire July 5, 2018 and Sudan's will end on November 2, 2018. 

When TPS ends, some people may return or reacquire the same immigration status they had before. Others may be eligible to acquire a new immigration status. Read more here.

If you are from one of the countries whose temporary status is scheduled to end, we encourage you to email us at for a consultation.

Resources for all UMN Campuses

UMN Campus Resources: Resources listed by campus include university and community legal and other support services.

Know Your Rights: We have links to handouts to understand your rights if immigration agents visit at work, at home or in public. We also have a handout for staff and faculty to understand your rights if federal law enforcement agents visit your office.


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