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Available Expert - United States to temporarily ban intake of refugees

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Queen's University immigration expert Sharry Aiken is available to comment on two executive orders on immigration expected to be signed today in the United States. President Trump is expected to sign a temporary ban on the entry of refugees into the United States, except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until such time as "more aggressive vetting" proceedures can be put in place. A second expected order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Professor Aiken says that she has serious concerns about how these measures will impact vulnurable populations. She states that a separate executive order on border security - which calls for the hiring of 5,000 more U.S. border agents and instructs local law enforcement to work with federal immigration authorities to securing the U.S. border and crack down on people in the United States illegally - are also cause for concern.

Professor Aiken is an associate professor at Queen’s Law with a cross appointment to the Department of Cultural Studies. She is an expert on immigration and refugee law and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of precedent setting immigration cases. Her research focuses on the controversies, complexities and challenges posted by immigration and border security.

Please note she is available for phone interviews at 416-529-0379.

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