Trump travel ban: Key issues on the executive order

James Merse Freelance Writer 

5:05 PM 06/26/2017

James Merse Freelance Writer 5:05 PM 06/26/2017

The ban has faced repeated legal challenges, resulting in multiple stays from lower courts that completely blocked its implementation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced the U.S. Supreme Court's partial reinstatement of a travel ban affecting six predominately Muslim countries and said the decision could energize terrorist groups.

Travelers wait in line near an Emirates ticket counter at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The case came to the justices from two federal appellate courts.

The Supreme Court says it will consider the case of Trump's executive order restricting travel while allowing much of the order to take effect.

CAIR-CT also warned citizens of the six targeted countries who are present in Connecticut as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas.

This is mostly untrue. They ruled that until they hear the case in early fall, the ban will apply only to foreigners with no connections to America and not to those "who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship" here. The court's announcement today means that the justices will review both of those decisions. Additionally, the court explained that people with various existing US relationships could not be prevented from entering the country.

Airports may be less likely to see the same sorts of demonstrations given the advance warning, that those with prior permission to enter are not affected and the months people have had to reach the US since the first ban was blocked.

The Supreme Court's opinion paves the way for ban to go into effect in as little as 72 hours. Refugees who have some connection to the United States may not be summarily blocked from entry; those who have none may be blocked from entry.

"Once defined, the definition will need to be communicated to those USA government personnel involved in the process of vetting those applying to travel to the USA from those countries in which the ban applies", Cohen said.

The practical impact of this clause remains to be seen, since it explicitly references national security as the "compelling need" by which a ban could go into effect.

But that is not the policy Trump actually tried to implement, and relying on his campaign comments to conclude that his executive order is a "Muslim ban" in disguise leads to odd results.

That's no minor exception, according to immigrant groups, who say relatively few people come to the US from the affected countries without such close ties. Vega said, even so, more people could enter if they prove a bona fide connection.

Will people get stuck in airports because of the travel ban?

The court offered only broad guidelines about what would constitute such a relationship - suggesting it would include a close relative, a job offer or an invitation to lecture.

On Monday, June 12, the San Francisco-based United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had ruled that the president was overstepping his authority with this ban.

It is of note that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative with a tendency to vote with liberals on social issues, did not join three of his conservative colleagues in their dissents on the instructions.

How long will the travel ban last?

Now the administration has the summer to conduct its vetting review, which was the original rationale for the travel ban - the government needed time to "figure out what is going on", as Trump once put it.

The MESA Task Force on Civil and Human Rights will closely follow the interpretation and enforcement of the Supreme Court's decision of June 26th, 2017 partially reinstating Executive Order 13780 and provide updated information and guidance as they become available.

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