‘We Don’t Want to Risk It.’ Some Green Card Holders Fear Leaving the U.S. Under Trump’s Travel Ban
The following is an excerpt from Charlotte Alter | February 2, 2017 | Time.com |
Most people think of President Trump's recent travel restrictions in terms of how they affect immigrants trying to enter the United States. But the executive order stands to impact the lives of legal U.S. residents, some of whom are canceling travel plans out of fear that they won't be able to return to the U.S.
Even some green card holders, who were exempted from Trump's travel ban after widespread protests, are nervous about their ability to get back into the U.S. if they leave the country. The travel ban initially applied to all travelers from the seven Muslim-majority countries, including green card holders, until Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued a statement clarifying that legal U.S. permanent residents will be exempt from the travel ban if they apply for a wavier. So far, all of the roughly 170 wavier requests have been approved.
Shay Soroush, a 26-year-old TV producer who has green card and lives and works legally in the U.S., is still worried that if she leaves the U.S. that she won't be let back in. She's been working for several months on a TV show for the Persian New Year that was scheduled to tape in Istanbul next week. Now, Soroush says she plans to stay put. "Even though the authorities have said the people with the green cards can come back, we don't want to risk it," she says.
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