Immigration Alert: Federal Court Blocks Latest Executive Order on Immigration

On March 15, 2017, a Federal District Court in Hawaii granted a temporary restraining order preventing implementation of the two key provisions of the latest Executive Order impacting immigration, which was intended to go into effect on March 16th.  The court order halts implementation of Section 2 of the order regarding suspension of entry by nationals of designated countries for 90 days and Section 6 suspending refugee admissions.

Update: On March 29, 2017, the Federal District Court in Hawaii indefinitely extended the March 15th order blocking enforcement, turning the earlier temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction. The full text of the order can be viewed here. The Administration has appealed this decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Appeals are now proceeding in the Fourth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, increasing the potential likelihood of the Supreme Court ultimately hearing the issue.

Gibney will continue to closely monitor any proposed changes to policy or procedure under the new Administration, and we will provide updates as needed.   For further details and forthcoming updates, please see Gibney’s Immigration Advisory and FAQs page as well as Gibney’s News page.  If you have any questions regarding this alert, please contact your designated Gibney representative, or email

The general information provided below is not intended to serve as a source of legal advice for any purpose. Please contact your designated Gibney representative or immigration counsel for specific legal advice.