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Revived US travel ban sows confusion, anger in Middle East

Revived US travel ban sows confusion, anger in Middle East Revived US travel ban sows confusion, anger in Middle East
Melinda Barton | 29 June, 2017, 09:03

The U.S. Supreme Court has partially reinstated President Donald Trump's executive order that blocks people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. Officials are still working to define what counts as a "bona fide relationship".

The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case. If they don't, passengers may not be allowed to bring laptops or large electronics in carry-on bags.

In what Trump declared a "clear victory for our national security", the Supreme Court on June 26 lifted lower-court decisions blocking the president's 120-day suspension of the USA refugee program and a 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Under review is a nationwide injunction imposed by a federal trial judge in Maryland against Section 2 (c) of the Executive Order (suspending for 90 days entry into this country of foreign nationals from the six countries of concern) and a separate nationwide injunction imposed by a federal trial judge in Hawaii not only against Section 2 (c) but also against Section 6 (a) (suspending refugee admissions) and Section 6 (b) (imposing a refugee admission cap).

A few months ago, I wrote a column about President Donald Trump signing an Executive Order on January 24, 2017 affecting immigration practices into the United States from seven countries, which were identified in the Order as presenting heightened terrorism risks.

According to Reuters, the justices also allowed the 120-day ban on all refugees entering the U.S.to go into effect on the same grounds.

A Yemeni national who was denied entry into the USA earlier this because of the Trump administration's travel ban, shows the canceled visa in his passport from his failed entry to reporters as he successfully arrives to be reunited with his family, at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia on February 6, 2017.

It remained unclear exactly when new instructions would be distributed to embassies and consulates.

The Muslim ban stirred protests inside the U.S. and overseas, with many arguing that nationals from the countries singled out by Trump have not been involved in terror attacks on United States soil.

Similarly, an applicant's relationship with a distant, nonblood relative in the US could be considered legitimate. But the Supreme Court on Monday ruled there could be partial restrictions placed on refugees.

After the lower courts found the travel ban unconstitutionally biased against Muslims and contrary to federal immigration law, Trump hailed the Supreme Court's decision as a "clear victory for our national security". Many decisions will depend on the discretion of US consular officers and Customs and Border Protection officials. That was also struck down by lower courts.