After federal judges temporarily halted Trump’s first travel ban, which restricted immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from traveling to the U.S. for a period of 90 days, immigrants rushed to buy plane tickets in order to reenter the U.S. However, their efforts were largely unsuccessful when they were prevented from boarding their planes. As it turns out, a memo issued by the U.S. State Department had revoked their visas on the same day that Trump issued the first travel ban. The memo had not become public until government lawyers filed it in a federal lawsuit over the travel ban. This memo directly affected roughly 721 visa holders from the affected countries in the first three days following the travel ban. Based on a federal court’s ruling in Los Angeles that, in part, barred the administration from revoking valid visas of immigrants from those seven countries, ACLU and other lawyers representing the immigrant population expected to seek a new restraining order. The State Department claims that it revoked these visas upon the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The memo did not affect visa holders from those countries named in the bank who already were in the U.S. or individuals from those countries holding diplomatic visas. In response to the public’s reactions to the memo, the inspector general vowed to review its contents and its adherence to court orders in general. In the days immediately following the order, federal officials attempted to clarify a number of exceptions to the memo, such as Green Card holders, whom they announced were exempt from the ban. Likewise, officials stated that some individuals from the affected countries could receive waivers from the travel ban, and Iraqis who worked with the military and the government also were exempt, as they could enter the country through a special visa program. With all the confusion about the first travel ban, the clarified travel ban, and the recently announced revised travel plan, it is no wonder that immigrants are encountering so many difficulties while attempting to return to the U.S. If you or a loved one is in this situation, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible should be your first step. By immediately taking measures to enforce your rights, you will have a better chance of avoiding removal from the U.S. in the future. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 to set up an appointment and learn how we can help with your immigration law case today.