Are You Affected by Trump's Travel Ban?

February 02, 2017

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order limiting travel into the United States. Syrian refugees are indefinitely barred. All refugees are temporarily unable to enter the United States for 120 days. And citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees or not, are prohibited for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The halt on travel has likely affected thousands of medical professionals who live and work in the United States but were traveling at the time of the ban. Two of those affected were physicians from Brooklyn and the Cleveland Clinic.

The travel ban is also affecting those seeking urgent medical care. Before the ban, the United States resettled an average of about 200 refugees with medical conditions per month.

The White House says the 4-month ban is temporary while a new vetting process is developed, which it says will help prevent terrorist attacks. It is estimated that 800 refugees seeking medical care will be affected.

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