US Supreme Court Partially Reinstates Trump's Travel Ban

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

Egyptian airport officials say six Yemenis, including some with American citizenship, were allowed to board a flight to NY despite the Supreme Court's partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case spurring heated emotions across the nation and pointed rebukes from lower courts saying the administration is targeting Muslims. It allows foreign nationals to come here, as long as they have a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States.

It's unclear what will ultimately constitute a "bona fide relationship", though the ruling suggested that an American job, school enrollment or a close relative could meet that threshold. The court made it clear that the Fourth and Ninth Circuits were correct to suspend the ban for those nationals who have "bona fide" relationships here in the country.

The Travel Ban, which is set to take effect Thursday morning, will apply fully to foreign nationals that do not have official connections with US residents. As President, I can not allow people into our country who want to do us harm.

The ban is scheduled to take effect within 72 hours of the court's ruling.

The ban affects people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Those groups said they will send lawyers and monitors back to American airports, where the initial, immediate implementation of the ban in January caused chaos and confusion.

Even before the Supreme Court action the ban applied only to new visa applicants, not people who already have visas or are USA permanent residents, known as green card holders. "Today's compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding - on peril of contempt - whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country", Thomas said.

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— A worker who has accepted an offer of employment from an American company.

"But the court also obliterated the existing media narrative, which is that the travel ban was a badly botched, unconstitutional overreach by Trump".

The lower courts that blocked President Trump's executive orders from going into effect replaced his judgment with their own, despite lacking access to the kind of classified information on threats to national security that the president of the United States has at his disposal.

A federal judge in Seattle blocked the order a week later, and Trump eventually revised it, dropping Iraq from the list and including reasons people might be exempted, such as a need for medical treatment. But they said they are anxious about other immigrants, including refugees who may be desperate for help but lack US relations.

The court asked the parties to address whether the case would be moot by the time it hears it; the ban is supposed to be a temporary one while the government reviews its vetting procedures.

"So, in the case of family, it seems pretty obvious", she said.

Both of President Trump's executive orders, in the interest of protecting national security, directed changes to the policy and process of admitting non-citizens into the United States, particularly from countries known to be havens for terrorists. It is possible that the president is using his Twitter account to poke fun at his Supreme Court victory for the Travel Ban that Obama so staunchly opposed, given his history of tweeting jokes about "Lyin' Ted" and "Crooked Hillary".

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