Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

US President Trump's travel ban to go into effect

US President Trump's travel ban to go into effect

It was indefinitely blocked back in March, but now US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban is back - in parts.

President Donald Trump on Monday hailed the Supreme Court decision to allow the entry into force of some portions of his travel ban denying U.S. entry to refugees and citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, saying that it will allow him to "protect" the country. "Because after all, if you remember, the original ban was supposed to be for 90 days so that the administration could allegedly come up with better procedures for vetting these folks".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department looks forward to defending the travel ban when the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case in October.

Reacting to Monday's ruling, Trump said he felt vindicated by what he called "a clear victory for our national security".

"We will keep those traveling to the United States and partners in the travel industry informed as we implement the order in a professional, organized, and timely way", the statement said.

Implementing the ban may cause chaos at airports, experts warn. The court said a "close familial relationship is required".

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Shortly after the court's ruling, the State Department notified all USA diplomatic posts of the decision and advised them to await instructions that would be forthcoming by the self-imposed implementation deadline on Thursday, according to officials familiar with the situation.

The court should have given the entire travel ban the heave ho. This time, courts blocked parts of the new order before it went into effect, including the cap of 50,000.

Specifically, the Court reinstated key provisions of the new E.O. restricting travel to the United States with the limitation that such restrictions apply only to foreign nationals who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States". The court, in October, can decide finally whether the ban is lawful in a major test of presidential powers. "It's not something that is handed out very easily", says Jayashri Srikantiah, the founding director of Stanford Law School's Immigrants' Rights Clinic. Trump's travel ban, though, contemplates even more-restrictive measures, and the president himself has, counter to the representation of Justice Department lawyers, suggested that the measure is not a mere "pause" for assessment.

But the other six kept blocking it as it applies to those traveling to the USA on employment, student or family immigrant visas as well as other cases where the traveler can show a "bona fide" connection to the U.S. This means that people from six countries and refugees who have a family, business or other relationships cannot be banned from entering.

The judges "essentially adopted a middle course" between the government's request to uphold Trump's order and the ACLU's appeals to stay the ban, he told AFP. "I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive", Trump added. "[And it's] an important move that all the other courts, prior to the Supreme Court, refused to acknowledge".

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