Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Questions Left by the Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling

Wade Meyer LGBT refugee services coordinator at the Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay has been working with Amir a gay refugee from Iran who recently arrived in the U.S Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban
Edmund Collier | 28 June, 2017, 03:42

Trump's new March 6 order banned people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days and barred all refugees for 120 days, but on May 25, the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voted to sustain a March 16 decision by a Maryland federal district judge to stay its enforcement. But immigrant groups said relatively few people try to enter the United States without well-established ties.

The Trump administration has argued it's necessary to suspend travel for 90 days from the six Muslim-majority countries and to halt refugee entry for 120 days to review whether USA safeguards are adequate to ensure that terrorists aren't allowed into the country.

President Donald Trump's cap of 50,000 refugees allowed into the USA for 2017 is likely to be hit within the next week or so, Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Tuesday.

The Hawaii district court had also stayed the provisions of the Executive Order which prohibited "the entry of all refugees for 120 days" and lowered the upper limit of incoming refugees "from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year".

"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", he said. The administration review should be complete before October 2, the first day the justices could hear arguments in their new term.

The state department statement did not provide details on how broadly the government would interpret the ruling or who would determine whether aspiring travelers have legitimate connections to the US In addition to those seeking to travel to the US from Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Syria, the "bona fide" relationship test must also be met by those covered under Trump's temporary ban on refugees. In a separate opinion written by Justice Thomas, they said they would have removed the stays of the travel ban in their entirety.

Critics say his campaign rhetoric of the need for a "Muslim ban" indicates he is violating the country's principle of religious freedom.

The 90-day ban is necessary to allow an internal review of screening procedures for visa applicants from the countries, the administration says.

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The court's opinion explained the kinds of relationships people from the six countries must demonstrate to obtain a US visa.

A full hearing on the issue is set for October.

But he said the White House viewed the decision as a victory.

A prominent Iranian lawmaker has denounced the Supreme Court's partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump's travel ban, claiming that it's an "obvious breach" of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, including the United States.

Last month, Trump suffered a setback when an appeals court upheld a ruling blocking the move.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the travel policy does not comply with federal immigration law, including a prohibition on nationality-based discrimination.

Transit refugees or those who already have a permit may travel to the United States under this executive order.

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