It has been two years since the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect. Aside from multiple court challenges, the ban has largely disappeared from American headlines. And yet the ban continues to affect American families every single day.
While this policy may be a quieter form of family separation than what has been seen at our southern border, its impact is also devastating. The current ban prohibits travel to the United States for groups of individuals from five Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen), as well as North Korea and Venezuela.
The ban has resulted in the separation of thousands of U.S. citizens from their fiancés, spouses, and young children.
New research from the Cato Institute finds that as of January 1, 2019, the travel ban has prevented 9,284 people from uniting with their U.S. citizen spouse or parent. By October 2019—the end of this fiscal year—an estimated 15,165 spouses, fiancés, and minor adopted children will have been banned from traveling to their U.S. citizen spouse or parent.