Travel ban 3.0: What does Trump's latest ban mean for travellers?

Ross Houston
June 29, 2017

Additionally, the court explained that people with various existing US relationships could not be prevented from entering the country.

"If there is not an answer to the question on the first day of oral arguments about why this ban is still in place, that is going to make the court much more skeptical about the government's reasons for having this ban", Fresco said.

The move means people from six Muslim-majority nations will be banned from entering the United States for 90 days unless they have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". Supreme Court agreed to take up President Donald Trump's travel ban in the coming fall session.

After the introduction on travel ban through the executive order, many judicial courts in country have taken a swipe at president Trump and called it a "discrimination against travelers".

"The Supreme Court in hearing this has essentially created a brand-new legal category", said Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition. For one thing, people who never been in the United States and have no connection with anybody in the United States might not have any constitutional rights to begin with.

If you have connections to the US and are from one of six Muslim-majority countries (Trump removed Iraq from a revised version of the travel ban in March), you're permitted to enter the country.

But the court's decision to partially reinstate the ban will affect the plans of at least some travelers, immigrants and refugees from the six countries - Syria, Libya, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

For now, if you have a relative here, have been hired by a US employer or admitted to a USA university, you can still probably get a visa.

US President Donald Trump has got some good news with the Supreme Court tentatively approving a large part of his controversial travel ban.

While Legomsky said he believes the vast majority of cases will be clear-cut, courts will have to determine whether visiting a close friend or taking part in a wedding could also qualify.

A stay on the executive order would remain in effect for those directly involved in the lower court challenges to the ban and for those experiencing similar situations to the plaintiffs, such as people with family in the United States or accepted to a U.S. university.

"Trump said the top court's ruling "allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective".

This case is the Trump's first and major challenge at the Supreme Court where he restored a 5-4 conservative majority with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch, he joined the bench in April. That court also put a hold on separate aspects of the policy that would keep all refugees out of the United States for 120 days and cut by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000, the cap on refugees in the current government spending year that ends September 30. The reaction to the court's ruling was measured disappointment.

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