Southern Philippines Travel Ban to US Rumor Not True, American Immigration Lawyers Association Confirms

Rappler reported this Friday, February 3 that US President Donald Trump will allegedly impose travel ban to US from people from the Southern Philippines. However, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued a statement, saying that this is not true, and that Filipinos from any part of the country can visit the US, as long as they are legal.

“Hammond Law Group LLC, a 26-year-old law firm in the United States, said a revised executive order (EO) by US President Donald Trump might include the southern Philippines in the controversial travel ban.” Rappler wrote on its news report that day, along with the link of the website, which is being believed to be owned by the said law firm.

“This Executive Order, if signed, may add the following countries to the travel ban implemented on January 25th: Egypt, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia, Venezuela, southern Philippines, trans-Sahara (Mali), and Sulu/Sulawesi Seas Littoral. We believe the new Executive Order may be published within the next two weeks,” Hammond Law Group said.

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In a blog post this Thursday, Hammond Law Group mentioned AILA as its very reliable source of information on President Trump’s plan to ban people from Mindanao to enter the US, adding that “Until more information is known, we advise anyone from one of these countries NOT to travel outside of the U.S,” and that nothing has been confirmed yet.

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However, the American Immigration Lawyers Association was quick to deny the said report, saying that it has no confirmation of additional countries being added to the travel ban to the US. AILA released a statement on its official website also this Thursday (US time), citing the US Department of State (DOS) as its source of information.

In response to rumors of plans to expand the travel ban to other countries, DOS informed AILA that there is no addendum, annex, or amendment now being worked on to expand visa revocations or the travel ban to countries other than those currently implicated in the Executive Order…AILA said, adding that there is no information that supports the rumor.



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