Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iranians brush off US travel ban

Iranians brush off US travel ban

Washington's Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he's disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision to let part of President Trump's travel ban go into effect.

The Supreme Court ruled Trump could only ban people from those six majority-Muslim countries if they "lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". The Supreme Court decision means most of the ban's provisions will go ahead until October, when the court will hear arguments.

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

He cited national security concerns as the reason for the order, which was later blocked by lower court rulings.

"As President, I can not allow people into our country who want to do us harm", President Trump said in a statement, via CNN.

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Immigrant rights advocates welcomed the ruling for showing that the president's authority on immigration is not absolute and ensuring people with connections in the USA will be allowed to enter. "For individuals, a close familial relationship is required", the court said.

Suud Olat, a vocal advocate for refugees in St. Cloud, and other opponents of the ban say they're disappointed that the Court has given new life to the controversial order, which has come under serious legal scrutiny since it was unveiled in January. The court asked both sides to address the issue of timing, along with questions about whether the ban is aimed at Muslims, the impact of Trump's provocative campaign statements and federal courts' authority to restrain the president in the area of immigration.

The "bona fide relationship" must be significant, the Court explained.

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In its opinion, the court partially reinstated Trump's temporary prohibition on refugees from any country, using criteria similar to that used in the travel ban.

Who is still allowed in under the new travel ban?

"It's hard not to think there's some bias against Muslims", said Eva Castillo, director of the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugee. The travel ban also caps the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S.at 50,000 a year. The GBTA recently forecast a $1.3 billion loss in overall travel-related expenditures in the USA this year due to the ban, as well as other policies like the proposed expanded laptop ban and other political factors like Brexit.

- A student who has been admitted to study at an American university.

The Supreme Court reversed the decision, calling it "odious to our Constitution".

After the ban was blocked by the courts, Mr Trump issued a watered down version of the ban and removed Iraq as one of the affected countries. The court was clear this has to be a "bona fide" relationship - meaning that it can not be manufactured just to get around the ban - but that is the majority of visitors.

The Supreme Court will take up the travel ban fully in October.

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.

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