Officials Aim to Clarify Impact on Dual Nationals From Trump's Immigration Executive Order

Dual nationals with nonrestricted passports and U.S. visas will not be detained.

On Saturday, the State Department issued guidance that said, "beginning January 27, 2017, travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa."

Despite reversing course and issuing alternate guidance, U.S. officials said this was not backtracking, but rather a clarification of order.

Officials worldwide scrambled over the weekend to tell people with dual-national status how to interpret the president's order.

For example, the U.S. consulate in Erbil posted a message to its Facebook page Saturday advising all Iraqi nationals, including dual nationals, not to schedule travel to the United States "at this time."

According to a State Department official, dual nationals who hold the passport of an unrestricted country and possess a valid U.S. visa may resume travel to the United States.

Embassies and consulates around the world will process visa applications and issue nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to otherwise eligible visa applicants who apply with a passport from an unrestricted country, even if they hold dual nationality from one of the seven restricted countries, said the official on Tuesday.

Trump’s executive order sparked protests across the country and federal lawsuits were filed in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington, prompting district court judges to issue emergency stays, causing CBP to change course in some cases. Lawsuits continue to be filed throughout the week in opposition of the order.

During the Department of Homeland Security press conference Tuesday, officials acknowledged that communications surrounding the initial roll-out of the executive order "haven't been the best."

"It's fair to acknowledge that communications, publicly and interagency, haven't been the best in the initial roll-out of this process," said McAleenan.

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