[Cross-posted at Hitcoffee]
[UPDATE: 1-29-2017: I stated in the original post that the EO has no
list of countries. That was incorrect. It names Syria, and it refers to
“section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12).” Upon inspection of that statute/code, I find that it refers to a program for visas that makes certain people ineligible, namely those who have “been at any time on or after March 1, 2011″ in Iraq or Syria or “in a country that is designated by the Secretary of State under section 4605(j) of title 50 (as continued in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)), section 2780 of title 22, section 2371 of title 22,
or any other provision of law, as a country, the government of which
has repeatedly provided support of acts of international terrorism” or
“in any other country or area of concern designated by the Secretary of
Homeland Security.” In my quotes, I’ve left out references to certain
As you may have heard, there's an uproar over Mr. Trump's decision to
issue a travel ban on Friday (Jan. 27, 2017) from selected countries
and over that decision's affect on people arriving within the last two
days. See this WaPo article [paywall]
 The why's and wherefore's of the ban and the impact it will have on
immigrants and those who have been granted permanent resident status
are being debated, and that's where the key point of concern ought to
But a question for Mr. Trump: Where is the order on your
whitehouse.gov page? I couldn't find it on the "presidential actions"
tab that your press office uses to update citizens on what you're doing.
I had to hunt elsewhere for it and finally found the text of it at the
New York Times. It's probably listed somewhere at the Federal Register
online, but I'm still a novice at navigating those pages.
Here's the text the New York Times offers,
saying it was supplied by the White House. That text itself doesn't
list the banned countries. I presume that list is found in an order
issued by, say, the Department of Homeland Security.
implying that the White House is less than eager to be transparent on
this issue. However, it's quite possible that it's my own inexperience
at monitoring executive orders that's making me have to rely on media
sources. At any rate, now you have a link to it in case you wanted to
read it. (Disclosure: I haven't read it yet.)
 Brady Dennis,
Jerry Markon, and Katherine Sahver, "Despite growing dissent, Trump
gives no sign of backing down from travel ban," Washington Post, January 29, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-gives-no-sign-of-backing-down-from-travel-ban/2017/01/29/4ffe900a-e620-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html [Accessed 1-29-2017].
 "Full executive order text: Trump's action limiting refugees into the US," New York Times, January 27, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/politics/refugee-muslim-executive-order-trump.html [accessed 1-29-2017]