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Supreme Court Suspends Arguments in Travel Ban Cases

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TravelBanGraphicThe U.S. Supreme Court was set to hear arguments on Oct. 10 on the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s contentious decision to ban people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days.  The Court will also hear arguments on the Administration’s decision to ban all refugees for 120 days so that officials can reassess current immigration procedures.

The Court agreed in June to take up the travel ban issue, and since then has issued a series of rulings that deal with different aspects of that decision. In the most recent instance, the Court issued a six-line order that temporarily allowed the Administration to ban roughly 24,000 refugees without U.S. relatives from entering the country.  

On Sept. 24, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation laying out travel restrictions for eight countries, including five that were subject to the previous travel ban. This new proclamation creates travel restrictions for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia.

Nationals from North Korea and Syria will be completely banned from entering the United States. Admission to the United States by Iranian nationals is suspended, with the exception of those with student or exchange visitor visas. Entry for Somali nationals, as immigrants, will be suspended. Additionally, U.S. entry for nationals of Chad, Libya and Yemen as immigrants or nonimmigrants on business B-1, tourist B-2 and combination B-1/B-2 visas will be blocked.

The new travel measures will take effect at different times. The limits took effect on Sept. 24 for foreign nationals who were subject to the last travel ban and lack a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. The new travel ban goes into effect on Oct. 18 for nationals of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela as well as for nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia who do have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship. 

The proclamation states that if the Department of Homeland Security determines that a country meets certain requirements, the Secretary of Homeland Security can recommend to President Trump the “removal or modification” of the restrictions.

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