Fisher Phillips attorney Davis Bae discusses the impact of Trump’s immigration order

Chris Guizlo / February 17, 2017

Seattle lawyer Davis Bae analyzes the Trump immigration policy
Davis Bae is available for media interviews. If you are a journalist, who is interested in learning about the impact of Trump’s immigration policies, please contact the Seattle office of the Fisher Phillips PR team at or by calling the Fearey main line at (206) 343-1543.

On Friday evening, February 3, a federal judge in our home state of Washington granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the president’s controversial immigration executive order. The executive order, which had prevented refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the country, including some green card and visa holders, is now temporarily enjoined from being enforced by border officials.

Accordingly, all visas previously revoked under the executive order have been reinstated, visa processing at U.S. consulates around the world is being administered as normal, and travelers from these nations, as well as vetted refuges from all nations, are permitted to enter the U.S. – for now.

However, the Department of Justice has already initiated an emergency appeal process seeking to reverse the judge’s ruling, so the last chapter in this battle has not yet been written. Employers will want to stay on top of these rapidly changing developments, as they could impact your workforce and require adjustments to your business practices.

Signed on January 27, 2017, President Trump’s executive order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals,” created an immediate freeze on all entry for individuals from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and Sudan. Both immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders were impacted by the executive order. The order also placed a 120-day ban on the U.S. refugee program and an indefinite suspension of Syrian refugee admissions.

The White House stated the restriction of travel from people from the seven countries was in the country’s national interest. Accordingly, the State Department immediately revoked any visas that had been issued and suspended the issuance of future visas for people from the seven listed countries, as well as those with refugee status.

In response to widespread protests and confusion at airports around the world, the White House soon clarified that the executive order was not intended to apply to lawful permanent residents or those with dual nationality.

Soon after the executive order was issued, the attorneys general of Washington state and Minnesota filed legal action in an attempt to stop the order. On Friday, February 3, 2017, Judge James Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting th federal government from enforcing several key portions of the executive order.

Davis Bae, regional managing partner of the Seattle office of our client, Fisher Phillips, participated in an interview with KIRO 7 TV (CBS-Seattle) about the current status of President Tump’s immigration executive order. Davis is an expert on immigration law and counsels some of the U.S.’s largest and middle-sized businesses.

“There are plenty of studies that show that companies started by foreign nationals, companies that hire foreign nationals tend to be the most successful and hire the most U.S. workers. There’s going to be a problem with talent for local companies. Jobs will be at risk. I do think that what we’ll see is companies will look at the geography and say, ‘If we don’t have the talent here, we need to have the talent work somewhere,’ and that could result in unfortunately the wrong direction in terms of jobs — it could actually cause export of jobs.”

— Fisher Phillips immigration attorney Davis Bae

Immigration attorney Davis Bae is available for media interviews

Bae has helped 15,000 people come to this country over two decades. To see his interview with KIRO, click here. To view his biography, go here.

If you are a journalist who is interested in learning about the impact of Trump’s immigration policies, please contact the Seattle office of the Fisher Phillips PR team at or by calling the Fearey main line at (206) 343-1543.

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Chris is at the cusp of what’s next when it comes to the digital world, and we’re thankful for it. When he’s not answering questions about podcast strategy or live streaming events, you can find him pitching media and writing blog posts for clients. His unique background in Washington D.C., both in political affairs and as a Communications Manager for the American Heart Association, provides a point of view that is invaluable to the work we do every day. He has the ability to immerse himself in his clients’ worlds, becoming a subject-matter expert who is genuinely invested in their business.

After work you can often find Chris enjoying a pint at a local microbrewery, trying to jumpstart his adult league hockey career, playing with his dogs, London and Wellington, or traveling around the country for airline miles.