President Donald’s Trump Executive Order restricting travelers bookended 2017, going into effect just after the president took office in January and again, in early December at year’s end. In between, three different versions of the order were mired in the courts (see video). The final version bars entry into the U.S. of immigrants and non-immigrants from Chad, Libya and Yemen, on business, tourist or business-tourist visas; blocks entry of Iranian citizens, as immigrants or non-immigrants, but provides an exception for Iranian students with additional screening; bars all immigrants and non-immigrants from North Korea and Syria; prevents immigration by citizens of Somalia; and bars visitors from Venezuela with government ties.
2018 Forecast: The Supreme Court ruling in early December giving Travel Ban 3 the go-ahead also tossed it back to two appeals courts. “I think [they] would like to see the appeals court resolve it,” Betsy Fisher, policy director at the International Refugee Assistance Project, told VOA.