New Travel Order Rules Require Visitors to Have 'Close' Family in US

Frederick Owens
July 9, 2017

The US State Department has reportedly introduced rules for exemption from President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed aspects of the revised Presidential Executive Order limiting travel to the United States by foreign nationals from six middle eastern countries to go into effect.

As the New York Times added, "close family" will not include "grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fianc├ęs and any other "extended" family members".

The ban will take effect at 8 p.m.

While during his presidential campaign Trump called for a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S., the executive order said that "additional scrutiny" would be placed on travelers from the countries. The decision follows the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this week to temporarily uphold portions of the Trump's original executive order, signed in January just weeks after his inauguration. The same requirement, with some exceptions, holds for would-be refugees from all nations who are still awaiting approval for admission to the United States.

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They were issued after the Supreme Court on June 26 lifted lower court decisions blocking President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the us refugee program and temporarily banning visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

But as travel officials across the USA were making final preparations for putting the ban into place, opponents were preparing new legal moves.

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says he's concerned the Trump administration may be violating the U.S. Supreme Court's travel ban ruling.

Persons from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan or refugees from any country who are unable to prove such a connection are barred from entering the U.S.

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